HM Revenue & Customs (‘HMRC’) has released its latest statistics for Patent Box claims filed in the year 2016-17. The HMRC report was issued in October 2019 and you can download the full version of the report here but here are the key findings: Patent Box Key Statistics (2016-17) 1,170 companies claimed relief under the Patent Box the total value of patent box relief claimed was £1,035million 31% of the claimant companies were classified as ‘Large’ but these companies accounted for 95% of all relief claimed 55% of the claimant companies were in the Manufacturing sector (including pharmaceuticals) Highest number
What is the Patent Box?
The Patent Box is a UK tax incentive introduced in April 2013 that can reduce a company’s corporation tax rate to 10% on worldwide income derived from qualifying patents
It can apply to all company sectors and sizes.
The key overarching requirements are:
- Is your company subject to UK corporation tax?
- Does your company hold one or more qualifying patents?
A company can reduce its corporation tax bill by 50% on worldwide income derived from qualifying patents under the Patent Box
This UK Government tax incentive is designed to support innovative, intellectual property-rich companies as they in turn support high value jobs and investment
The Patent Box tax incentive builds upon and compliments the enhanced R&D tax relief incentive which supports companies of all sizes during the development stage – the Patent Box aims to provide a financial boost to companies during the commercial exploitation phase
We can guide you through the entire process from initial advice to preparing and ultimately filing your Patent Box claim. We can work alongside your accountant so there’s no need to unsettle your long term relationship
Finally, we can work on a % of the tax savings so there is no cost outlay or risk for you in working with us
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Here we share an interview we carried out with Ean Davies and Simon Bradbury of Appleyard Lees, European Patent and Trademark attorneys. This interview is intended to be a ‘primer’ for those considering patents as it covers the basics around: what rights do patents offer? how do you apply for a patent? what is the process for a patent being granted? strategies for protecting intellectual property? how you might benefit for funding for your patent? common errors and where a patent might not be appropriate We hope you enjoy it and please leave comments or questions – we may be
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