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Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
An operating name of the UK Patent Office - The authorising body for intellectual property in the UK 

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
The professional body for patent attorneys in the United Kingdom.

Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA)
The professional body for trade mark attorneys in the United Kingdom.

Intellectual Property Regulation Board
The regulatory body for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.

Companies House
An on-line searching facility of past and present names for Limited Companies in the UK.

UK Patent Status Enquiry

UK Trade Marks Status Enquiry

UK Designs Register Enquiry


European Patent Institute
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office

European Patent Office
The authorising body for the prosecution and grant of European patents.

The European Court of Justice
Provides access to judgements, opinions and orders of the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance.

epoline Register Plus
Enables checking of the status of European applications.

Offers a facility to search for full text and drawings for PCT, European and national patents and applications.

Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market Trademarks and Designs (OHIM)
Registers Community trade marks and Community designs.


World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
Specialised agency of the United Nations dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international IP system.

WIPO Information on the Patent Co-operation Treaty
Information on the so-called "International Patent Application" system 

PCT On-line File Search
Online file inspection of PCT patent applications

CPA Global
An organisation responsible for the handling of the payment of renewal fees worldwide.

A website with a database of full text and drawings from patent publications in a number of countries including Korea, Japan, China, PCT, US and Europe.  It is accessible using a search engine enabling English language input.

United States Patent and Trademark Office
Responsible for IP rights in United States of America.

US Patent Search
Find US patents and publications - also available on espacenet
US On-line Patent File Inspection (Public PAIR)
Online file inspection of US patent applications and patents