Manual of Patent Practice

Updates: Manual of Patent Practice

2018

published amendments

Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
Most recent changes to the Manual for July 2018 added.
Table of cases
New cases Cantel Medical et al v Arc Medical [2018] EWHC 345 (Pat), Curt G Joan Inc v Fameccanica Data SpA [2017] EWHC 1251 (IPEC), Regeneron Pharmaceuticals v Kymab Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 671 and G 01/16.
Section 14: The application
New paragraph added 14.66.1, 14.70.1 and new text added for 14.127.
Section 17: Search
New text added for 17.05.1, 17.111, 17.113, 17.115, 17.118, 17.121 (iii)
Section 15: Date of filing application
New text added for 15.39 and 15.41.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
New text added for 18.03.6, 18.72, 18.81, 18.86.1 and 18.86.2.
Section 19: General power to amend application before grant
Text updated for 19.18, 19.21 and 19.22.1
Section 73: Comptroller's power to revoke patents on his own initiative
Text updated for 73.09.
Section 75: Amendment of patent in infringement or revocation proceedings
Text update for 75.12.
Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal and Plant Protection Products
Text added added to SPM3.02.5 and SPM13.05.1.

published amendments

Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
Most recent changes to the Manual for March 2018 added.
Table of cases
New cases Gedeon Richter v Bayer Schering, L’Oréal Ltd v RN Ventures Ltd, Novartis AG v Generics (UK) Ltd (trading as Mylan), Unilin Beheer BV v Berry Floor NV and Unilin Beheer BV v Berry Floor NV and Others added.
Section 3: Inventive step
Text added to S3.87.2.
Section 5: Priority date
New paragraph 5.23.3 added.
Section 14: The application
New text added to S14.44 and S14.53.
Section 15: Date of filing application
Changes to S15.41.
Section 17: Search
Text deleted and new text added to S17.03. New text also added to sections 17.111 and 17.123.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
Changes to sections 18.03.6, 18.81, 18.86.1, 18.86.2 and 18.86.4.
Section 19: General power to amend application before grant
Amendments to sections 19.18, 19.21 and 19.22.1.
Section 72: Power to revoke patents on application
Amendment to Section 72.42 added.
Section 73: Comptroller's power to revoke patents on his own initiative
Amendments to sections 73.02.2, 73.04.3, 73.07, 73.08 and 73.09.1 added.
Section 81: Conversion of European patent applications
New text added to sections 81.05 and 81.06.
Section 89A: International and national phases of application
Update to S89A.12 added.
Section 89B: Adaptation of provisions in relation to international application
Updates to S89B.08 and 89B.09 added.
Section 125: Extent of invention
Text added to s125.26.
Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal and Plant Protection Products
Amendments to sections 3.03.1 and 10.01.

published amendments

Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
January 2018 changes added.
Table of cases
New cases marked with ** have been added.
Section 2: Novelty
Changes to paragraph 2.03, 2.08.2 and 2.29.1 added.
Section 3: Inventive step
Changes to paragraphs 3.09, 3.11, 3.21, 3.23, 3.24, 3.38, 3.43, 3.82, 3.83. New paragraph 3.87.2 added.
Section 5: Priority date
Changes to paragraph 5.25 added.
Section 14: The application
Changes to paragraphs 14.66, 14.79, 14.80, 14.84, 14.85, 14.100, 14.110, 14.146, 14.149, 14.155 added. New paragraph 14.139.3 added.
Section 17: Search
Paragraphs 17.61 and 17.102 updated.
Section 89A: International and national phases of application
Paragraph 89A.14.1 updated.
Section 89B: Adaptation of provisions in relation to international application
Paragraph 89B.08 amended.
Section 117: Correction of errors in patents and applications
Paragraph 117.13.1 updated.
Section 125: Extent of invention
Paragraphs 125.02 and 125.18.5 updated. New paragraphs 125.17.7 and 125.18.6 added.
Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal and Plant Protection Products
Paragraphs 1.04.1, 2.01, 3.02.6 and 3.03.2 updated.

2017

published amendments

Section 70: Threats of infringement proceedings
Title changed to Threats of infringement proceedings.

published amendments

Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
October 2017 changes added.
Table of cases
Added additional reference: [2017] UKSC 48 and added reference to 2.03, 125.17.3-125.18.5, 125.26. Assidoman Multipack Ltd v The Mead Corporation deleted, Modified to remove reference to 125.16-125.18, 125.20-21 and 125.25 and add reference to 125.17.5-125.17.6, Codex Corporation v Racal-Milgo Ltd deleted. Electrical and Musical Industries Ltd v Lissen Ltd deleted, Modified to remove reference to 70.03.1 and add reference to 70.04, Modified to remove reference to 70.03.1 and add reference to 70.04, Modified to remove reference to 1.19, 14.62, 14.116, 125.11, 125.14-125.17, 125.19, 125.21-125.25, Kooltrade Ltd v XTS Ltd deleted, Mayne Pharma v Pharmacia Italia SpA deleted, Merck & Co Inc v Generics (UK) Ltd deleted, Modified to remove reference to 125.14, Société Technique de Pulverisation STEP v Emson Europe Ltd deleted, Speedcranes Ltd v Thomson and another deleted, Modified to remove reference to 125.14, Modified to remove reference to 125.15 and 125.20, Unilever plc v Procter & Gamble Company deleted, Modified to remove reference to 125.14, Modified to remove reference to 125.18.
Section 1: Patentability
Changes resulting from manual review September 2017.
Section 2: Novelty
Reference changes.
Section 5: Priority date
Deleted s5.13;1.2 and 3.
Section 14: The application
Remove protocol and case references s14.62. Add references 125 to s14.111. New paragraph added s14.116.1. s14.112 case reference deleted. a14.14 reference change. s14.115 reference change and case BL C/64/95 case summary change. s14.116 deleted. s14.116.1 added.
Section 15: Date of filing application
15.20.1 new paragraph added.
Section 17: Search
s17.94.11 new paragraphs added.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
18.07.2 new paragraph added. 18.79 new paragraph added. 18.79.1 new paragraph added. 18.81 deleted text. 18.86 text deleted.
Section 60: Meaning of infringement
60.08 text deleted.
Section 70: Remedy for groundless threats of infringement proceedings
Section 70 revised.
Section 70A: Actionable threats
New section added.
Section 70B: Permitted communications
New section added.
Section 70C: Remedies and defences
New section added.
Section 70D: Professional advisers
New section added.
Section 70E: Supplementary: pending registration
New section added.
Section 70F: Supplementary: proceedings for delivery up etc
New section added.
Section 74: Proceedings in which validity of patent may be put in issue
section 74.03.3 added
Section 78: Effect of filing an application for a European patent (UK)
Section 78.05.1 added.
Section 106: Costs and expenses in proceedings before the Court
Section 106.05.1 added.
Section 125: Extent of invention
s125.04 moved to new paragraph s125.17.1, s125.05 moved to new paragraph s125.17.2, s125.07 moved to new paragraph s125.27, s125.11 and 125.12 deleted, s125.14 amended, s12.15 and 125.16 deleted, s125.17.1 deleted paragraphs and added 117.1.2 to 17.1.6, s125.18 amended, s125.18.1 to s15.18 added, s125.19 to s125.25 deleted, Prosecution history added and s125.26 added.
Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal and Plant Protection Products
SPM3.02.5 amended.

published amendments

Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
July 2017 changes added.
Table of cases
New text added for case Nestec SA & Ors v Dualit Ltd & Ors, Novartis AG v Johnson & Johnson [2009] EWHC (Pat) 1671 and Unwired Planet International Ltd v Huawei Technologies Co Ltd & Ors.
Section 2: Novelty
New text added to paragraph to 2.15 and 2.22.1.
Section 5: Priority date
New text added for 5.25.1, 5.25.2 and new paragraph added for 5.25.3.
Section 14: The application
New text added for 14.120.1, 14,124,14136.1, 14.137 and 14.178.
Section 15: Date of filing application
New text added for 15.22 and 15.32.
Section 17: Search
New text added for 17.71 and 17.73.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
New text added for 18.07, 18.07.1,18.07.2 and 18.47.2.
Section 19: General power to amend application before grant
New text added for 19.06, 19.21 and 19.26.
Section 27: General power to amend specification after grant
New text added for 27.11.1.
Section 89A: International and national phases of application
New text added for 89A.20.1
Section 89B: Adaptation of provisions in relation to international application
New text added for 89B.18.
Section 123: Rules
New text added for 123.10.3, 123.47, 123.47.1 and new paragraph added for 123.47.2.
Section 125: Extent of invention
New text added for 125.08.
Section 128B: Supplementary Protection Certificates
New text added for 128B.03
Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal and Plant Protection Products
New text added for SP0.05, SPM1.04.1, SPM3.02.6 and new paragraph for SPM3.02.7.

published amendments

Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
March 2017 changes added.
Table of cases
New cases Acumen Design Associates Ltd, MWUK LTD v Fashion at Work Ltd, and Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings v Dr Reddy's Laboratories (UK) Ltd added.
Section 4A: Methods of treatment or diagnosis
New text added to paragraph 4A.31
Section 14: The application
Amendments to paragraphs 14.117.4, 14.120, 14.124, and 14.144 added.
Section 15: Date of filing application
New paragraph 15.46.1 added.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
New paragraphs 18.86.4, 18.86.5 added.
Section 19: General power to amend application before grant
New paragraph 19.22.1 added.
Section 21: Observations by third party on patentability
Amendments to paragraph 21.15 added.
Section 25: Term of patent
Amendment to paragraph 25.12 added.
Section 27: General power to amend specification after grant
New paragraph 27.09.1 added.
Section 40: Compensation of employees for certain inventions
Amends made to paragraph 40.04.2 added.
Section 60: Meaning of infringement
Amendments to paragraphs 60.16.1 and 60.19.2 added.
Section 73: Comptroller's power to revoke patents on his own initiative
New text added to paragraph 73.07.
Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal and Plant Protection Products
New paragraphs SPM 1.04.2 and SPM5.04 added.
Standard titles for online database names
New changes to the TXTA, TXTE TEXTEN, TXTT and Patent Full text added.

2016

published amendments

Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
1 October 2016 changes added.
Table of cases
New case marked as ** added for October 2016.
Section 5: Priority date
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 15: Date of filing application
Typo amends to 15.58.
Section 15A: Preliminary examination
October 2016 changes added.
Section 16: Publication of application
Typo on 16.08.
Section 17: Search
Additional spacing and end bracket added at 17.74 and 17.115.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
Paragraph link amended at 18.53.
Section 19: General power to amend application before grant
1 October 2016 changes added.
Section 20A: Reinstatement of applications
1 October updates added.
Section 21: Observations by third party on patentability
Paragraph link amended at 21.14.
Section 27: General power to amend specification after grant
New chapter 27.11.1 added.
Sections 32: Register of patents, etc
Amendments to Paragraph 32.06 added.
Section 75: Amendment of patent in infringement or revocation proceedings
Amendments made to chapters 75.04 and 75.07 added.
Section 77: Effect of European patent (UK)
1 October 2016 updates added.
Section 89A: International and national phases of application
1 October 2016 update added.
Section 89B: Adaptation of provisions in relation to international application
1 October 2016 updates added.
Section 123: Rules
October 2016 updates added.
Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal and Plant Protection Products
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.

published amendments

Section 2: Novelty
Missing closing bracket on 2.06.
Section 14: The application
October 2016 updates added.
Section 15: Date of filing application
Typo amends to 15.58.
Section 17: Search
Additional spacing and end bracket added at 17.74 and 17.115.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
Paragraph link amended at 18.53.

published amendments

Section 15: Date of filing application
Text renumbered following 15.58.
Section 17: Search
Additional spacing and end bracket added at 17.74 and 17.115.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
Paragraph link amended at 18.53.
Section 21: Observations by third party on patentability
Paragraph link amended at 21.14.
Section 73: Comptroller's power to revoke patents on his own initiative
Missing bracket added at 73.02.

published amendments

Section 3: Inventive step
Chapter amended to display dedicated content list.

published amendments

Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
1 October 2016 changes added.
Table of cases
New case marked as ** added for October 2016.
Section 1: Patentability
Missing bracket added.
Section 3: Inventive step
July 2016 highlighted changes removed.
Section 4A: Methods of treatment or diagnosis
July 2016 highlighted changes removed.
Section 14: The application
October 2016 updates added.
Section 15A: Preliminary examination
October 2016 changes added.
Section 17: Search
July 2016 highlighted changes removed and October 2016 changes added.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
July 2016 highlighted changes removed and October 2016 changes added.
Section 19: General power to amend application before grant
1 October 2016 changes added.
Section 20A: Reinstatement of applications
1 October updates added.
Section 21: Observations by third party on patentability
October 2016 updates added.
Section 27: General power to amend specification after grant
New chapter 27.11.1 added.
Sections 32: Register of patents, etc
Amendments to Paragraph 32.06 added.
Section 73: Comptroller's power to revoke patents on his own initiative
July 2016 highlighted changes removed.
Section 75: Amendment of patent in infringement or revocation proceedings
Amendments made to chapters 75.04 and 75.07 added.
Section 77: Effect of European patent (UK)
1 October 2016 updates added.
Section 89A: International and national phases of application
1 October 2016 update added.
Section 89B: Adaptation of provisions in relation to international application
1 October 2016 updates added.
Section 123: Rules
October 2016 updates added.
Section 117B: Extension of time limits specified by comptroller
July 2016 highlighted changes removed.

published amendments

Section 1: Patentability
Amended link on 1.15.1.
Section 2: Novelty
Missing closing bracket on 2.06.
Section 3: Inventive step
Line spacing on 3.75 and paragraph link added on 3.81.
Section 16: Publication of application
Typo on 16.08.
Section 17: Search
Square brackets added on 17.03 and 17.36.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
Closing brackets added on 18.09.4, 18.10.2, 18.14 and 18.51.1.
Section 21: Observations by third party on patentability
Typo on 21.02.
Section 15: Date of filing application
15.58 link has been added.

published amendments

Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
July changes added.
Table of cases
New cases added see **
Section 1: Patentability
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 2: Novelty
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 3: Inventive step
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 4A: Methods of treatment or diagnosis
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates. July content update added.
Section 5: Priority date
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 14: The application
April highlighted changes removed.
Section 15: Date of filing application
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 15A: Preliminary examination
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 17: Search
Paragraph links added from 'Changes to Manual of Patent Practice' Chapter. Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
Paragraph links added from 'Changes to Manual of Patent Practice' Chapter. Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates. July content update added.
Section 19: General power to amend application before grant
Link changed at 19.26.
Section 21: Observations by third party on patentability
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 27: General power to amend specification after grant
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Sections 32: Register of patents, etc
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 73: Comptroller's power to revoke patents on his own initiative
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 89B: Adaptation of provisions in relation to international application
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 100: Burden of proof in certain cases
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.
Section 117B: Extension of time limits specified by comptroller
July content updates added.
Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal and Plant Protection Products
Text box highlighting April changes removed in light of July updates.

published amendments

Section 10: Handling of application by joint applicants
Paragraph links added.
Section 48B: Compulsory licences: other cases
Paragraph links added.
Section 71: Declaration or declarator as to non-infringement
Paragraph links added.
Section 74: Proceedings in which validity of patent may be put in issue
Paragraph links added.
Section 123: Rules
Paragraph links added.
Section 130: Interpretation
Paragraph links added.

published amendments

Section 3: Inventive step
Paragraph links added.
Section 5: Priority date
Paragraph links added.
Section 61: Proceedings for infringement of patent
Paragraph links added.
Section 62: Restrictions on recovery of damages for infringement
Paragraph links added.
Section 64: Right to continue use begun before priority date
Paragraph links added.
Section 280: Privilege for communications with patent agents
Paragraph links added.

published amendments

Table of cases
Paragraph links to letter 'I' added
Section 3: Inventive step
Paragraph links added.
Section 4A: Methods of treatment or diagnosis
Paragraph links added.
Section 14: The application
Paragraph links added.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
Paragraph links added.
Section 21: Observations by third party on patentability
Change of text at para 21.05.
Section 25: Term of patent
Paragraph links added.
Section 27: General power to amend specification after grant
Paragraph links added.
Section 46: Patentee's application for entry in register that licences are available as of right
Paragraph links added.
Section 76: Amendments of applications and patents not to include added matter
Paragraph links added.
Section 81: Conversion of European patent applications
Title amended after 81.06 to read 'Effects of conversion" (not conversation).
Section 101: Exercise of comptroller's discretionary powers
Paragraph links added.
Section 123: Rules
Paragraph links added.
Section 125: Extent of invention
Paragraph links added.

published amendments

Table of cases
Changes to letter 'F, G, J and K' added.
Section 1: Patentability
Paragraph links added.
Section 2: Novelty
Paragraph links added.
Section 3: Inventive step
Paragraph links added.
Section 4: Industrial application
Paragraph links added.
Section 8: Determination before grant of questions about entitlement to patents etc
Paragraph links added.
Section 14: The application
Paragraph links added.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
Paragraph links added.
Section 20A: Reinstatement of applications
Paragraph links added.
Section 36: Co-ownership of patents and applications for patents
Paragraph links added.
Section 40: Compensation of employees for certain inventions
Paragraph links added.
Section 41: Amount of compensation
Paragraph links added.
Section 46: Patentee's application for entry in register that licences are available as of right
Paragraph links added
Section 48: Compulsory licences: general
Paragraph links added.
Section 48B: Compulsory licences: other cases
Paragraph links added.
Section 62: Restrictions on recovery of damages for infringement
Paragraph links added.
Section 70: Remedy for groundless threats of infringement proceedings
Paragraph links added.
Section 71: Declaration or declarator as to non-infringement
Paragraph links added.
Section 72: Power to revoke patents on application
Paragraph links added.
Section 76: Amendments of applications and patents not to include added matter
Paragraph links added.
Section 89: Effect of international application for patent
Paragraph links added.
Section 123: Rules
Paragraph links added.
Section 125: Extent of invention
Paragraph links added.
Section 130: Interpretation
Paragraph links added.

published amendments

Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
April changes added.
Table of cases
New cases Allen and Hanbury v Generics, Merrill Lynch's Application, and Magnesium Elektron Ltd v Molycorp Chemicals & Oxides (Europe) Ltd added.
Section 1: Patentability
Changes at 1.07, 1.15 and 1.15.1.
Section summary changed to read updated April 2016.
Section 2: Novelty
Changes to 2.12.3 / 2.12.3.1 / 2.22.1.
Section summary changed to read updated April 2016.
Section 15: Date of filing application
Changes to 15.58 added.
Section 15A: Preliminary examination
Changes to 15A.01.2 added.
Section 17: Search
Changes to 17.01.2, 17.60, 17.82, 17.111, 17.115, 17.117 and 17.120 added.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
Changes to 18.03.1, 18.14, 18.64 and 18.86 added.
Section 21: Observations by third party on patentability
Changes to 21.02, 21.02.1, 21.05 and 21.06 added.
Sections 32: Register of patents, etc
Changes to 32-07 added.
Section 73: Comptroller's power to revoke patents on his own initiative
Changes to 73.07 added.
Section 89B: Adaptation of provisions in relation to international application
Changes to 89B.12 added.
Section 100: Burden of proof in certain cases
Changes to 100.04 added.
Section 119: Service by post
Changes to 119.08 added.
Regulation (EC) No 1610/96 of the European Parliament and of the council (Plant Protection Products)
Changes to SPP 2.02 and SPP 19.01
Section 3: Inventive step
Section summary changed to read updated April 2016.

published amendments

Manual of Patent Practice Introduction
Paragraph links added.
Table of cases
Link to cases starting with letters 'A' to 'E' added within Table of Cases chapter.
Section 1: Patentability
Paragraph links added.
Section 2: Novelty
Paragraph links added.
Section 3: Inventive step
Paragraph links added.
Section 4: Industrial application
Paragraph links added.
Section 4A: Methods of treatment or diagnosis
Paragraph links added.
Section 5: Priority date
Paragraph links added.
Section 12: Determination of questions about entitlement to foreign and convention patents, etc
Paragraph links added.
Section 14: The application
Paragraph links added.
Section 15: Date of filing application
Paragraph links added.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
Paragraph links added.
Section 20A: Reinstatement of applications
Paragraph links added.
Section 27: General power to amend specification after grant
Paragraph links added.
Section 28: Restoration of lapsed patents
Paragraph links added.
Section 29: Surrender of patents
Paragraph links added.
Section 40: Compensation of employees for certain inventions
Paragraph links added.
Section 46: Patentee's application for entry in register that licences are available as of right
Paragraph links added.
Section 47: Cancellation of entry made under s.46
Paragraph links added.
Section 48: Compulsory licences: general
Paragraph links added.
Section 48A: Compulsory licences: WTO proprietors
Paragraph links added.
Section 50: Exercise of powers on applications under s.48
Paragraph links added.
Section 60: Meaning of infringement
Paragraph links added.
Section 72: Power to revoke patents on application
Paragraph links added.
Section 73: Comptroller's power to revoke patents on his own initiative
paragraph links added.
Section 75: Amendment of patent in infringement or revocation proceedings
Paragraph links added.
Section 76: Amendments of applications and patents not to include added matter
Paragraph links added.
Section 110: Unauthorised claim of patent rights
Paragraph links added.
Section 123: Rules
Paragraph links added.
Section 117: Correction of errors in patents and applications
Paragraph links added.
Section 125: Extent of invention
Paragraph links added.
Section 125A: Disclosure of invention by specification: availability of samples of biological material
Paragraph links added.
Section 130: Interpretation
Paragraph links added.

published amendments

Table of cases
Paragraph links added.
Section 1: Patentability
Paragraph links added.
Section 2: Novelty
Paragraph links added.
Section 3: Inventive step
Paragraph links added.
Section 4: Industrial application
Paragraph links added.
Section 4A: Methods of treatment or diagnosis
Paragraph links added.
Section 6: Disclosure of matter, etc, between earlier and later applications
Paragraph links added.
Section 8: Determination before grant of questions about entitlement to patents etc
Paragraph links added.
Section 10: Handling of application by joint applicants
Paragraph links added.
Section 14: The application
Paragraph links added.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
Paragraph links added. Minor typo in 18.38.
Section 28: Restoration of lapsed patents
Paragraph links added.
Section 40: Compensation of employees for certain inventions
Paragraph links added.
Section 46: Patentee's application for entry in register that licences are available as of right
Paragraph links added.
Section 48A: Compulsory licences: WTO proprietors
Paragraph links added.
Section 48B: Compulsory licences: other cases
Paragraph links added.
Section 65: Certificate of contested validity of patent
Paragraph links added.
Section 72: Power to revoke patents on application
Paragraph links added.
Section 76: Amendments of applications and patents not to include added matter
Paragraph links added.
Section 118: Information about patent applications and patents, and inspection of documents
Paragraph links added.
Section 17: Search
Heading (Private applicants' cases) made bold at 17.68.

published amendments

Section 5: Priority date
Paragraph links added.
Section 14: The application
paragraph links added.
Section 20A: Reinstatement of applications
paragraph links added.
Section 78: Effect of filing an application for a European patent (UK)
paragraph links added.
Section 88A: Implementation of Agreement on a Unified Patent Court
Paragraph links added.
Section 89A: International and national phases of application
Paragraph links added.
Section 90: Orders in Council as to convention countries
Paragraph links added.
Section 99: General powers of the Court
Paragraph links added.
Section 99A: Power of Patents Court to order report
Paragraph links added.
Section 99B: Power of Court of Session to order report
Paragraph links added.
Section 100: Burden of proof in certain cases
Paragraph links added.
Section 103: Extension of privilege for communications with solicitors relating to patent proceedings
Paragraph links added.
Section 104: Privilege for communications with patent agents relating to patent proceedings [Repealed]
Paragraph links added.
Section 105: Extension of privilege in Scotland for communications relating to patent proceedings
Minor typo
Section 106: Costs and expenses in proceedings before the Court
Paragraph links added.
Section 115: Power of comptroller to refuse to deal with certain agents [Repealed]
Paragraph links added.
Section 117: Correction of errors in patents and applications
Paragraph links added.
Section 117A: Effect of resuscitating a withdrawn application under section 117
Paragraph links added.
Section 118: Information about patent applications and patents, and inspection of documents
Paragraph links added.
Section 119: Service by post
Paragraph links added.
Section 123: Rules
paragraph links added.
Section 125: Extent of invention
Paragraph links added.
Section 125A: Disclosure of invention by specification: availability of samples of biological material
Paragraph links added.
Section 130: Interpretation
Paragraph links added.
Section 132: Short title, extent, commencement, consequential amendments and repeals
Paragraph links added
Section 275: The register of patent attorneys
paragraph links added.
Section 278: Use of the term "patent attorney": supplementary provisions
Paragraph links added.

published amendments

Section 5: Priority date
Paragraph links added.
Section 16: Publication of application
Paragraph links added.
Section 123: Rules
Paragraph links added.

published amendments

Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
January changes added.
Table of cases
New cases added
Section 4A: Methods of treatment or diagnosis
January 2016 changes added at 4A.27.1, 4A.29.1 and 4A.31.
Section 5: Priority date
January changes added at 5.23.2.
Section 16: Publication of application
January changes added at 16.04.
Section 20: Failure of application
January changes added at 20.08, 20.09.
Section 24: Publication and certificate of grant
Paragraph links added.
Section 30: Nature of, and transactions in, patents and applications for patents
Paragraph Links added.
Section 33: Effect of registration, etc on rights in patents
Paragraph links added.
Citation formats
New section on 'Citation formats' added.
Standard titles for online database names
New section added.

published amendments

Section 97: Appeals from the comptroller
January changes added at 97.05.
Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal and Plant Protection Products
January changes added at SPM2.01, SPM3.03.2, SPM8.03.1, SPM13.05.1.

2015

published amendments

Section 17: Search
January changes added at 17.01.1, 17.05.1, 17.34, 17.68, 17.71, 17.75.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
January changes added at 18.01.2, 18.56, 18.97.
Section 27: General power to amend specification after grant
January changes added at 27.11.
Section 60: Meaning of infringement
January changes added at 60.16.1, 60.19.2.
Section 72: Power to revoke patents on application
Link added to 72.27.
Section 75: Amendment of patent in infringement or revocation proceedings
January changes added at 75.05.1
Section 123: Rules
January changes added at 123.37, 123.47.1.

published amendments

Section 27: General power to amend specification after grant
Paragraph links added.
Section 39: Right to employees' inventions
Paragraph links added.
Section 40: Compensation of employees for certain inventions
Paragraph links added.

published amendments

Section 4A: Methods of treatment or diagnosis
Text format change at 4A.30.

published amendments

Section 90: Orders in Council as to convention countries
New section added.
Section 123: Rules
New section added.
Section 92: Obtaining evidence for proceedings under the European Patent Convention
New section added.
Section 290: Limitation of costs where pecuniary claim could have been brought in patents county court [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 36: Co-ownership of patents and applications for patents
New section added.
Section 280: Privilege for communications with patent agents
New section added.
Section 8: Determination before grant of questions about entitlement to patents etc
New section added.
Section 83: Effect of patent decisions of competent authorities of other states
New section added.
Section 115: Power of comptroller to refuse to deal with certain agents [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 64: Right to continue use begun before priority date
New section added.
Section 131A: Scotland
New section added.
Section 275A: Regulation of patent attorneys
New section added.
Section 76A: Biotechnological inventions
New section added.
Section 116: Immunity of department as regards official acts
New section added.
Section 33: Effect of registration, etc on rights in patents
New section added.
Section 109: Falsification of register etc
New section added.
Section 56: Interpretation, etc., of provisions about Crown use
New section added.
Section 20B: Effect of reinstatement under section 20A
New section added.
Section 10: Handling of application by joint applicants
New section added.
Section 48: Compulsory licences: general
New section added.
Section 293: Restriction of acts authorised by certain licences
New section added.
Section 288: Financial limits in relation to proceedings within special jurisdiction of patents county court [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 88B: Designation as international organisation of which UK is member
New section added.
Section 102A: Right of audience, etc., in proceedings on appeal from the comptroller [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 295: Patents: miscellaneous amendments
New section added.
Section 89B: Adaptation of provisions in relation to international application
New section added.
Manual of Patent Practice Introduction
New section added.
Section 89A: International and national phases of application
New section added.
Section 39: Right to employees' inventions
New section added.
Section 110: Unauthorised claim of patent rights
New section added.
Section 24: Publication and certificate of grant
New section added.
Section 44: Avoidance of certain restrictive conditions [repealed with savings]
New section added.
Section 279: Power to prescribe conditions etc for mixed partnerships and bodies corporate [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 285: Offences committed by partnerships and bodies corporate
New section added.
Section 281: Power of comptroller to refuse to deal with certain agents
New section added.
Section 27: General power to amend specification after grant
New section added.
Section 276: Persons entitled to describe themselves as patent agents
New section added.
Section 34: Rectification of register
New section added.
Section 99A: Power of Patents Court to order report
New section added.
Section 132: Short title, extent, commencement, consequential amendments and repeals
New section added.
Section 57: Rights of third parties in respect of Crown use
New section added.
Section 35: Evidence of register, documents, etc [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 125: Extent of invention
New section added.
Section 98: Proceedings in Scotland
New section added.
Section 7: Right to apply for and obtain a patent
New section added.
Section 87: Decisions on Community Patent Convention [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 28A: Effect of order for restoration of patent
New section added.
Section 99: General powers of the Court
New section added.
Section 81: Conversion of European patent applications
New section added.
Section 99B: Power of Court of Session to order report
New section added.
Section 60: Meaning of infringement
New section added.
Section 13: Mention of inventor
New section added.
Section 72: Power to revoke patents on application
New section added.
Section 117: Correction of errors in patents and applications
New section added.
Section 2: Novelty
New section added.
Section 88A: Implementation of Agreement on a Unified Patent Court
New section added.
Section 20: Failure of application
New section added.
Section 71: Declaration or declarator as to non-infringement
New section added.
Section 122: Crown's right to sell forfeited articles
New section added.
Section 4: Industrial application
New section added.
Section 65: Certificate of contested validity of patent
New section added.
Section 45: Determination of parts of certain contracts [repealed with savings]
New section added.
Section 119: Service by post
New section added.
Section 15: Date of filing application
New section added.
Section 41: Amount of compensation
New section added.
Section 127: Existing patents and applications
New section added.
Section 95: Financial provisions
New section added.
Section 88: Jurisdiction in legal proceedings in connection with Community Patent Convention [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 128: Priorities between patents and applications under 1949 Act and this Act [spent]
New section added.
Section 107: Costs and expenses in proceedings before the comptroller
New section added.
Section 6: Disclosure of matter, etc, between earlier and later applications
New section added.
Section 40: Compensation of employees for certain inventions
New section added.
Section 1: Patentability
New section added.
Section 16: Publication of application
New section added.
Section 89: Effect of international application for patent
New section added.
Section 68: Effect of non-registration on infringement proceedings
New section added.
Section 130: Interpretation
New section added.
Section 113: Offences by corporations
New section added.
Section 106: Costs and expenses in proceedings before the Court
New section added.
Section 117A: Effect of resuscitating a withdrawn application under section 117
New section added.
Section 80: Authentic text of European patents and patent applications
New section added.
Section 43: Supplementary
New section added.
Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal and Plant Protection Products
New section added.
Section 124: Rules, regulations and orders; supplementary
New section added.
Section 125A: Disclosure of invention by specification: availability of samples of biological material
New section added.
Section 85: European patent attorneys [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 23: Restrictions on applications abroad by United Kingdom residents
New section added.
Section 74A: Opinions on matters prescribed in the rules
New section added.
Section 78: Effect of filing an application for a European patent (UK)
New section added.
Section 86: Implementation of Community Patent Convention [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 74: Proceedings in which validity of patent may be put in issue
New section added.
Glossary of terms and abbreviations used in this Manual
New section added.
Section 74B: Reviews of opinions under section 74A
New section added.
Section 66: Proceedings for infringement by a co-owner
New section added.
Section 91: Evidence of conventions and instruments under conventions
New section added.
Section 48B: Compulsory licences: other cases
New section added.
Section 77: Effect of European patent (UK)
New section added.
Section 30: Nature of, and transactions in, patents and applications for patents
New section added.
Section 128A: EU Compulsory licences
New section added.
Section 46: Patentee's application for entry in register that licences are available as of right
New section added.
Section 278: Use of the term "patent attorney": supplementary provisions
New section added.
Section 38: Effect of transfer of patent under s.37
New section added.
Table of cases
New section added.
Section 28: Restoration of lapsed patents
New section added.
Section 96: The Patents Court [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 291: Proceedings in patents county court [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 277: Persons entitled to describe themselves as European patent attorneys, &c
New section added.
Section 50: Exercise of powers on applications under s.48
New section added.
Sections 32: Register of patents, etc
New section added.
Section 128B: Supplementary Protection Certificates
New section added.
Section 4A: Methods of treatment or diagnosis
New section added.
Section 117B: Extension of time limits specified by comptroller
New section added.
Sections 11: Effect of transfer of application under s.8 or 10
New section added.
Section 37: Determination of right to patent after grant
New section added.
Section 58: References of disputes as to Crown use
New section added.
Section 286: Interpretation
New section added.
Section 52: Opposition, appeal and arbitration
New section added.
Regulation (EC) No 1610/96 of the European Parliament and of the council (Plant Protection Products)
New section added.
Section 15A: Preliminary examination
New section added.
Section 67: Proceedings for infringement by exclusive licensee
New section added.
Section 18: Substantive examination and grant or refusal of patent
New section added.
Section 70: Remedy for groundless threats of infringement proceedings
New section added.
Section 5: Priority date
New section added.
Section 59: Special provisions as to Crown use during emergency
New section added.
Section 49: Provisions about licences under s.48
New section added.
Section 82: Jurisdiction to determine questions as to right to a patent
New section added.
Section 103: Extension of privilege for communications with solicitors relating to patent proceedings
New section added.
Section 69: Infringement of rights conferred by publication of application
New section added.
Section 105: Extension of privilege in Scotland for communications relating to patent proceedings
New section added.
Section 47: Cancellation of entry made under s.46
New section added.
Section 19: General power to amend application before grant
New section added.
Section 51: Powers exercisable in consequence of report of Competition and Markets Authority
New section added.
Section 9: Determination after grant of questions referred before grant
New section added.
Section 48A: Compulsory licences: WTO proprietors
New section added.
Section 112: Misuse of title "Patent Office"
New section added.
Section 118: Information about patent applications and patents, and inspection of documents
New section added.
Section 31: Nature of, and transactions in, patents and applications for patents in Scotland
New section added.
Section 118A: Copyright in documents made available electronically for inspection under section 118(1) [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 54: Special provisions where patented invention is being worked abroard
New section added.
Section 292: Rights and duties of registered patent agents in relation to proceedings in patents county court [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 111: Unauthorised claim that patent has been applied for
New section added.
Section 79: Operation of s.78 in relation to certain European patent applications
New section added.
Section 104: Privilege for communications with patent agents relating to patent proceedings [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 21: Observations by third party on patentability
New section added.
Section 12: Determination of questions about entitlement to foreign and convention patents, etc
New section added.
Section 76: Amendments of applications and patents not to include added matter
New section added.
Section 294: When application may be made for settlement of terms of licence [spent]
New section added.
Section 102: Right of audience, etc., in proceedings before the comptroller
New section added.
Section 101: Exercise of comptroller's discretionary powers
New section added.
Section 3: Inventive step
New section added.
Section 29: Surrender of patents
New section added.
Section 100: Burden of proof in certain cases
New section added.
Section 84: Patent agents and other representatives [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 124A: Use of electronic communications
New section added.
Section 20A: Reinstatement of applications
New section added.
Section 121: Comptroller's annual report
New section added.
Section 53: Compulsory licences; supplementary provisions
New section added.
Section 25: Term of patent
New section added.
Section 93: Enforcement of orders for costs
New section added.
Section 287: Patents county courts: special jurisdiction [Repealed]
New section added.
Changes to the Manual of Patent Practice
New section added.
Section 108: Licences granted by order of comptroller
New section added.
Section 94: Communication of information to the European Patent Office, etc
New section added.
Section 75: Amendment of patent in infringement or revocation proceedings
New section added.
Section 114: Restrictions on practice as patent agent [Repealed]
New section added.
Section 131: Northern Ireland
New section added.
Section 61: Proceedings for infringement of patent
New section added.
Section 26: Patent not to be impugned for lack of unity
New section added.
Section 62: Restrictions on recovery of damages for infringement
New section added.
Section 126: Stamp duty [repealed]
New section added.
Section 42: Enforceability of contracts relating to employees' inventions
New section added.
Section 274: Persons permitted to carry on business of a patent agent
New section added.
Section 22: Information prejudicial to national security or safety of public
New section added.
Section 14: The application
New section added.
Section 73: Comptroller's power to revoke patents on his own initiative
New section added.
Section 57A: Compensation for loss of profit
New section added.
Section 55: Use of patented inventions for services of the Crown
New section added.
Section 17: Search
New section added.
Section 63: Relief for infringement of partially valid patent
New section added.
Section 129: Application of Act to Crown
New section added.
Section 97: Appeals from the comptroller
New section added.
Section 50A: Powers exercisable following merger and market investigations
New section added.
Section 120: Hours of business and excluded days
New section added.
Section 275: The register of patent attorneys
New section added.