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The UK government is unlikely to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement in the near future despite pressure on it to do so, an expert has said. 14 Jul 2016
Businesses that licence the use of patented technology can be required to continue paying royalties to licensors even after those patents have been revoked or in the absence of any infringement, the EU's highest court has ruled. 11 Jul 2016
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...
Businesses should review their patent filing and commercialisation strategies in light of the UK's vote to leave the EU, an expert has said. 24 Jun 2016
The UK government will introduce new legislation to support nationwide access to broadband services, improved sharing of data across government departments, more consistent enforcement of intellectual property rights and a clampdown on unsolicited marketing.... 18 May 2016
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