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Hampshire, United Kingdom

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Initial application

To obtain a British national patent, an application needs to be filed at the Patent Office. 

The application must identify the applicant and include a detailed description, usually with reference to drawings, of at least one way of putting the invention into effect. 

Within prescribed time limits, it is also necessary to file one or more claims defining the protection which is sought, a summary of the invention, a statement regarding inventorship, and a request for preliminary examination and search, on which a search fee must be paid. 

The application may be virtually useless unless, at the time of initial filing, it includes the claims or some equivalent broad statements of what the invention is.  

If an early indication of the likelihood of success in obtaining a patent is required, the claims should be filed and the search should be requested at the outset.