The Patents Act 1977 is the main law governing the patents system in the UK.
The Patents Act 1977 sets out the requirements for patent applications, how the patent-granting process should operate, and the law relating to disputes concerning patents. It also sets out how UK law relates to the European Patent Convention and the Patent Co-operation Treaty.
The latest amendment to the Patents Act 1977 took place on 1 October 2017 and was made by the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017.
Published: 17 December 2007
Updated: 1 October 2017
- Updated due to changes made by the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017.
- Updated due to changes by legislation including the Intellectual Property Act 2014 and the Legislative Reform (Patents) Order 2014.
- First published.