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A December 2017 launch date is envisaged for the new Unified Patent Court (UPC), according to the body tasked with laying the foundations for the new judicial system to take effect. 17 Jan 2017
OPINION: France does not currently need new laws specifically addressed to the risks associated with 3D printing because existing legislation already accounts for those risks. 09 Jan 2017
The patent box regime enables UK companies to elect for a lower tax rate for profits earned from patented inventions and certain other intellectual property rights. The tax rate is being phased in but will be 10% by 1 April 2017.
This guide was updated in July2016.
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...
Nokia's claims that Apple has infringed some of its patents shows that mobile phone patent wars are not over, an expert has said. 22 Dec 2016
The US Supreme Court has reversed a previous ruling which had made Samsung liable for a $399 million damages payment for infringement of patents owned by Apple relevant to the design of smartphone devices. 09 Dec 2016
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