Innovations Surge

Rush of patent applications as bored Britons in lockdown come up with new inventions, and a surge of innovations are predicted as the world adapts to new working habits.

Law firms have seen a rush of patent inquiries as bored Britons use their spare time in lockdown to come up with new inventions. A surge of innovations in the technology and scientific sectors are predicted in the months ahead as the world adjusts to new working habits.

Three law firms told the Daily Telegraph that April was one of the busiest months in the sector in recent years.

"I think one of the main reasons is that people are sitting at home bored and are actually putting more effort into things they should have got on with in the previous six months to a year," said Chris Hamer, a partner at Mathys & Squire LLP.

Another senior attorney at a major firm, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "We were astounded by what was quite frankly our biggest bumper month in five years. Whether or not that continues remains to be seen, but it certainly does reflect that innovation prospers when people have less distractions."

A spokeswoman for the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) said it was too early to see the impact of the flurry of business in the private sector. The agency has relaxed its deadlines to give companies and individuals more time to process applications.