Section 103: Extension of privilege for communications with solicitors relating to patent proceedings
- (1) It is hereby declared that the rule of law which confers privilege from disclosure in legal proceedings in respect of communications made with a solicitor11 or a person acting on his behalf, or in relation to information obtained or supplied for submission to a solicitor or a person acting on his behalf, for the purpose of any pending or contemplated proceedings before a court in the United Kingdom extends to such communications so made for the purpose of any pending or contemplated -
(a) proceedings before the comptroller under this Act or any of the relevant conventions, or
(b) proceedings before the relevant convention court under any of those conventions.
(2) In this section;
“legal proceedings” includes proceedings before the comptroller; the references to legal proceedings and pending or contemplated proceedings include references to applications for a patent or a European patent and to
international applications for a patent; and “the relevant conventions” means the European Patent Convention and the Patent Co-operation Treaty.
(3) This section shall not extend to Scotland.