A User’s Guide to Patents, fourth edition provides guidance on the areas of European and UK patent law and procedure that are most important in day-to-day practice. It sets out how patents can be obtained, exploited and enforced as well as addressing wider public policy aspects of patents and their economic significance, as well as past and likely future trends that affect legal practitioners.
The fourth edition is brought fully up to date to include the introduction of the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) and how it will work in practice.
Fully updated to include the latest developments, this fourth edition will be of great use to in-house lawyers, solicitors and barristers, as well as professionals interested in patents, including patent agents, and top level management executives.
Part 1 Patents generally:
1. Introduction to the patent system
2. Applying for and securing the grant of a patent
3. Transactions with patents and with patent applications
4. Procedures in disputes concerning patents
5. Patent validity – substantive law
6. Patent infringement – substantive law
Part II Patents in specific areas of technology
7. Patents for chemicals, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals
8. Biotechnology patents
9. Patents in electronics, communications, computing and for business methods
Part III Appendices
Previous edition ISBN: 9781847668905