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A User’s Guide to Patents

Author: Trevor Cook

ISBN: 9781526508683

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Edition: Fifth

Publication Date: 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional

Law As Stated At: 30 April 2019

A User’s Guide to Patents

A User’s Guide to Patents

A User's Guide to Patents, Fifth Edition provides guidance on the areas of European and UK patent law and procedure that are most important in day-to-day practice.

This new edition sets out how patents can be obtained, exploited and enforced and addresses wider public policy aspects of patents and their economic significance, as well as past and likely future trends that affect legal practitioners. It is essential reading for IP practitioners, solicitors and barristers, patent attorneys, in-house lawyers, management executives and inventors.

Unique selling points:

Explains how patents can be exploited and enforced by reference to the most recent UK and EPO case law

Identifies and discusses the different patent law issues that can arise in specific industrial sectors

Full tabulation of all English patent validity and infringement decisions given after full trial since 1997

Addresses wider public policy aspects of patents and their economic significance, as well as past and likely future trends in the field, both in Europe and internationally

The following relevant developments are included:

The new UK law as to infringement by equivalents following Actavis v Lilly (UKSC 2017)

The degree to which new types of plant, produced by using certain modern biotechnological techniques, can be patented in the light of the exclusion for 'products obtained by essentially biological processes' and the ongoing controversy as to this between the EPO, the EPO Boards of Appeal and the EU

The developing case law in the UK and the EPO on plausibility in the context of insufficiency and obviousness

The Unjustified Threats Act 2017 and other procedural developments, such as those involving Arrow type declarations of obviousness

Developments in standards related patent litigation, as in Unwired Planet v Huawei (Patents Court 2017, CA 2018)

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