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Patents: Manual of Patent Practice

The Manual of Patent Practice explains the Intellectual Property Office's practice under the Patents Act 1977.

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Manual of Patent Practice (online version)

Manual of Patent Practice (Pdf version)

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Details

The Manual recites sections of the Patents Act 1977 and sections of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 relating to patents. There is also a section on Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC) for Medicinal Products and Plant Protection Products.

We update the Manual regularly to reflect recent developments such as changes in the law and judicial decisions. The most recent update occurred on 1 October 2018 when substantive changes were made to Sections 2, 14, 15, 15A, 17, 18, 19, 27, 32, 73, 76, 117, 123 and the SPC section.

Please note that statements made in the Manual are not in themselves an authority for any action by the Intellectual Property Office and should not be used as a set of legal requirements. If you notice any errors please contact information@ipo.gov.uk.

Details of recent changes

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Any newly updated text is highlighted red. The footer of each page includes an indication of the date of the latest update to that section of the Manual. Each provision includes commentary with related legislation in the margin.

Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 1 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. New PDF version updated 1 October 2018 and a new online version.
  2. New PDF version updated 29 June 2018 and a new online version.
  3. New PDF version updated 29 March 2018 and a new online version.
  4. New PDF version updated 2 January 2018 and a new online version.
  5. New PDF version updated 29 September 2017 and a new online version.
  6. New PDF version updated 30 June 2017 and a new online version.
  7. New PDF version updated 31 March 2017 and a new online version.
  8. New PDF version updated 30 December 2016 and a new online version.
  9. New Pdf and online version added.
  10. New PDF version updated 1 July 2016 and a new online version.
  11. New PDF version updated 31 March 2016 and a new online version.
  12. New PDF version updated 31 December 2015 and a new online version.
  13. Updated citation format document added. New online chapter for citation formats added.
  14. Link to online manual added.
  15. New version updated - 1 October 2015.
  16. New version updated - 1 July 2015.
  17. Citations Formats has been added.
  18. New version updated - 1 April 2015.
  19. New version updated - 1 January 2015.
  20. Updated version of the MoPP published on 1 October 2014.
  21. First published.