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Thursday, 28th August 2014

UK: Manual of Patent Practice (MoPP)

Source: Intellectual Property Office (UK)

The Manual of Patent Practice explains our practice under the Patents Act 1977.

The Manual recites sections of the Patents Act 1977 and sections of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 relating to patents. Each provision includes commentary with related legislation in the margin. Further parts of the Manual show official notices and directions from the Patents and Designs Journal. There is also a section on Supplementary Protection Certificates 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 July 2014, when substantive changes were made to Sections 1, 2, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 24, 39, 40, 70, 76, 76A, 118A, the SPC section, the Table of Cases, Index and Introduction.... Any new text in the July 2014 version is highlighted in red. A sidebar marks any paragraphs which have changed since the January 2013 version; all previous sidebars have been removed. The footer of each page includes an indication of the date of the latest update to that section of the Manual.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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