A patent protects an invention that is a ‘method of new manufacture’. It gives exclusive use of an invention for up to 20 years and can become a valuable business asset that can be bought, sold, transferred or licensed.

Disclosure of Origin requirements in the patents regime

The Government is consulting on possible options to introduce a disclosure of origin requirement in the patents regime.

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New Patents Act

The Patents Act 2013 came into force on 13 September 2014. This Act replaces the Patents Act 1953.

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Consultation on proposed amendments to the transitional provisions of the Patents Act 2013 relating to divisional Patent applications

The government has released a consultation document seeking public submissions on proposals to amend section 258 of the Patents Act 2013.

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