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Results of past patent decisions

This service allows you access to patent decisions issued by us.

If you know the British Library (BL) number of a decision, you can use the BL number search to view the summary and or full decision. The general search allows you to customize your search criteria to suit your requirements.

For a chronological list of decisions, select the type of hearing and click GO. Alternatively you can use the browse by year facility towards the bottom of this page.

A selection of pre 1998 decisions are also available. Please note that these cannot be accessed by using the search facility below.

Decisions of the UK courts can be accessed at BAILII External Link

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BL number search
BL number search

Ensure the leading 'O' is a letter not a zero. Slashes are optional. E.G. O/388/00 or O38800 will produce the same result.

General search
General search

Blank fields will be ignored by the search.

You can enter a maximum of 3 keywords or phrases.

Provisions discussed

e.g. Enter a section of the Patents Act 1977

Browse by year

Click on a year in the following table to view all decisions issued during that period.

Read across the row to find links to previous years.
Year                                
20142013201220112010200920082007200620052004200320022001200019991998



Selected pre 1998 decisions are also available.

Please note

This is not intended to be a comprehensive information service concerning decisions. Some decisions listed may have been overturned on appeal, either in whole or part. Furthermore, the decisions provided are for information only. While every effort is made to ensure that they are accurate, some errors may have been introduced during conversion for the web.