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The Patents Act 2004 (An Act to amend the Patents Act 1977)

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Year of current version:2004
Date of Text (Enacted):July 22, 2004
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, IP Regulatory Body, Patents (Inventions)
Notes:
The Patents Act 2004 amends the Patents Act 1977 ('the 1977 Act'), which is the main patent law and the statute governing the patents system in the UK. The purpose of the Act is as follows:
- to bring the UK patents system into line with the revised European Patent Convention (EPC)
- to introduce into the 1977 Act some measures designed to assist in the enforcement of patent rights and in the resolution of patent disputes between patent proprietors and third parties
-to update the 1977 Act
The Act sets out the major amendments to the 1977 Act:
-Schedule 1 makes further amendments relating to international obligations.
-Schedule 2 makes minor and consequential changes to the 1977 Act.
-Schedule 3 lists the repealed provisions of the 1977 Act.

The text of the Patents Act 2004 is reproduced with the express authorization from the UK Intellectual Property Office (Intellectual Property Office © Crown Copyright 2004).
Available Texts: 
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The Patents Act 2004 (An Act to amend the Patents Act 1977) The Patents Act 2004 (An Act to amend the Patents Act 1977), Complete document (pdf) [162 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:GB136

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