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The Italian government has outlined its intention to adopt rules that will give effect to a new unitary patent framework for Europe that it had previously opposed. 21 May 2015
The EU's highest court has dismissed two legal challenges brought by Spain against plans to create a new system of unitary patent protection for participating EU countries. 06 May 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 European Patents Office (EPO) has begun a consultation asking for feedback on proposed reforms to its boards of appeal. 01 May 2015
FOCUS: Medical device manufacturers that assume that the disclosure of their inventions in a clinical trial setting is in confidence run the risk of having subsequently-filed patents revoked. 16 Apr 2015
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