UK falls in line with EU patent law

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The UK government has unveiled plans to modernise its patent rules
and bring them into line with the revised European Patent
Convention.

Among the proposed amendments​ to the UK patent act is a provision that will enable the patent office to provide a non-binding opinion on patent infringement, and thereby settle disputes without parties having to resort to expensive litigation, according to a CORDIS report.

The bill will also ensure that the UK complies with the updated EPC, which the government says represents a reduction of bureaucracy and will help small companies do business across Europe.

UK Minister for Science and Innovation, David Sainsbury, said: "Effective, flexible and up to date patent law is essential to help turn bright ideas into successful products and processes."