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The UK government has prepared legislation to give effect to EU legislation on the unitary patent and to the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC), which backs the creation of a new UPC for resolving disputes over new unitary patents. 21 Jan 2016
OPINION: The EU's highest court is unlikely to rule that licensors of technology can demand royalty payments for use of patents covering that technology where those patents have been found to be invalid. 21 Jan 2016
This guide was updated in January 2016.
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 European Patent Office (EPO) has said that "a complete secondary legal framework" to underpin the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) reforms has now been established. 22 Dec 2015
Samsung will pay Apple $548 million as part of a long-running patent dispute between the companies, according to US court documents. 07 Dec 2015
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