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FOCUS: The forthcoming overhaul of the patent system in Europe will be the biggest in the region's history, with new unitary patents likely to become available, and a Unified Patent Court (UPC) operational, next year. 01 Sep 2015
China may give greater incentives to inventors within universities by raising the minimum reward for commercial exploitation to 50%, state-owned news agency Xinhua said . 27 Aug 2015
This guide was updated in December 2014.
A patent is granted by a national patent office and will only give you monopoly rights in the country in which it is granted. There is no such thing as an international patent.
This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in January 2012.
Sorting out disputes can take ages. Especially complicated ones, like patent disputes. To take a case to court, you will need lawyers – solicitors and barristers – and probably an expert to give evidence to back up your case. The ultimate outcome will be justice...
The end of 2001 was meant to herald a minor revolution in the way business protects its best ideas by giving a real boost to product development and competitiveness by way of a new 'European Patent'.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that the owner of a standard-essential patent (SEP) could be abusing its dominant position by bringing a prohibitory injunction against an infringer of that patent if it has not first written to the... 16 Jul 2015
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement will not be ratified in the UK this year, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has confirmed. 29 Jun 2015
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