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FOCUS: Patent litigation in Europe in five years will look very different from now owing to major reforms to the patent framework and a new wave of technology relevant to wearables and the 'internet of things'. 27 Nov 2015
FOCUS: The impending expiry of patents awarded to the first wave of so-called biologics could again bring competition law issues to the fore in the life sciences sector in the coming months. 23 Nov 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 UK will introduce some "necessary changes" to its 'Patent Box' preferential tax rate for innovation to bring it into line with new international standards, it has announced. 23 Oct 2015
Italy has formally joined 25 other EU countries in backing a new unitary patent framework within the trading bloc. 02 Oct 2015
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