World Intellectual Property Organization

United Kingdom

The Patents Act 1949 (Chapter 87)

Shortcuts

United Kingdom

Date of entry into force of original text:January 1, 1950
Date of Text (Enacted):December 16, 1949
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, IP Regulatory Body, Patents (Inventions), Plant Variety Protection
Notes:
The Patents Act 1949 ('the 1949 Act'), the United Kingdom's primary patent law, was repealed by the Patents Act 1977 ('the 1977 Act'), which brings the UK patent law into alignment with the European Patent Convention 1973 (the EPC 1973).
Section 127 of the Patents Act 1977 sets out the position of 1949 Act patents and applications as a result of the coming into force of the 1977 Act.
Schedules 1 to 4, made under section 127, lays out which provisions of the 1949 Act and of the 1977 Act applied in relation to 1949 Act patens and applications, repealed certain provisions of the 1949 Act and made certain provisions relating to matters in being before the 1977 Act came into effect.
All patents gratned under the 1949 Act have now expired.

The text of the Patents Act 1949 (Chapter 87) is subject to Crown copyright protection (@Crown Copyright).
Available Texts: 
English

The Patents Act 1949 (Chapter 87) The Patents Act 1949 (Chapter 87), Complete document (pdf) [412 KB] The Patents Act 1949 (Chapter 87), Complete document (htm) [296 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:GB003

Explore WIPO