Update: Now includes 2013’s applications.
As I have reported before, Lord Monckton keeps applying for patents relating to “Therapeutic Treatments”. Below is the current list of the published applications, including links to the information available at the UK Intellectual Property Office website, the date the application was lodged, published and of the Not-in-Force date (NIF). All of them list “Christopher Monckton” as applicant and all have have the title “Therapeutic treatments”, except for GB0915801.5 which lists “Theraputic treatment” [sic]. All of these applications are reported as “Terminated before grant”.
|Application number||Date Lodged||Date Published||NIF Date|
The application for a patent is a multi-step process. Here are the first few steps paraphrased, more details can be found in the linked guide.
- You prepare a ‘patent application’, comprised of description, claims and an abstract.
- You file form 1 with the IPO. You need to pay an application fee of £20 to £30, but payment of this fee can be delayed until step 4.
- IPO issues an application number and publishes this action, irrespective of whether the application fee in step 2 has been paid already or not.
- You file form 9A, asking for “a search”, together with the appropriate fees (£130 to £150). If the fees are not paid the patent will automatically be considered withdrawn after 12 months and terminated.
- IPO carries out some preliminary excamination (certain formal requirements, search of already published patents).
- Shortly after 18 months the application is published for public review.
- You file form 10 and pay fees for “a substantive examination”.
- IPO examines the application and – if applicable – grants a patent.
Take note, that except for step 3 any processing done by the IPO will only go forward, if the appropriate fees have been paid. The “Date Published” in the table above does not refer to step 6, but step 3.
The pattern observable with Lord Monckton’s patent applications is consistent with him only filing form 1, receiving an application number and be done with the patent application for about the next year. It is not necessary to pay any fees to obtain an application number. Technically Lord Monckton can claim that he “has filed for a patent”, although no substantive action was taken by the IPO to examine the actual claims of the application.