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Proposed changes to the Patents Act 1977

Reference: 2012-004

Launch date: 10 December 2012
Closing date: 4 February 2013

The Intellectual Property Office is considering introducing changes to the Patents Act 1977 to facilitate more work sharing between the UK and other patent offices to help speed up international patent processing, to introduce an easier way for patent owners to provide public notice of their patent rights and to correct and modernise a small number of aspects of the patents legislation to provide clarity and legal certainty to users of the patent system.

The proposals are likely to affect anyone who applies for or owns patents and anyone who has an interest in other people’s patents and patent applications. We are keen to get responses from as wide a cross section of our actual and potential customers, and any other affected parties, as possible before we decide how to proceed.