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Expansion of the IPO Patent Opinions Service

Reference: 2012-001

Launch date: 12 June 2012
Closing date: 4 September 2012

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is reviewing its Patent Opinions Service which allows individuals or companies to request an opinion on the validity or infringement of a patent. The consultation outlines proposals to expand the service to additional questions of patent validity, to validity and infringement of Statutory Protection Certificates (SPCs) and to provide the IPO with a power to begin revocation of a patent following issue of an opinion which concludes that a patent is invalid.

The consultation is directed to all interested parties including (but not only): patent holders, parties having an interest in others’ patents, patent attorneys, legal professionals, SPC owners, parties having an interest in others’ SPCs.