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Italy has formally joined 25 other EU countries in backing a new unitary patent framework within the trading bloc. 02 Oct 2015
Technology giants Google and Microsoft have agreed to end "all pending patent infringement litigation between them", according to a statement issued by the companies. 01 Oct 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'.
Hong Kong plans to "rejuvenate" its industrial estates to make them more attractive to modern and specialised forms of manufacturing, according to local media reports. 22 Sep 2015
Companies are trying to "circumvent" an EU court ruling that restricts the ability of standard-essential patent (SEP) owners to seek court orders to prevent others using those patents, according to the EU's competition commissioner. 16 Sep 2015
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