A User's Guide to Patents, fourth edition provides guidance on the areas of European and UK patent law and procedure that are most important in day-to-day practice. It sets out how patents can be obtained, exploited and enforced as well as addressing wider public policy aspects of patents and their economic significance, as well as past and likely future trends that affect legal practitioners.
The fourth edition is brought fully up to date to include the introduction of the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) and how it will work in practice.
Fully updated to include the latest developments, this fourth edition will be of great use to in-house lawyers, solicitors and barristers, as well as professionals interested in patents, including patent agents, and top level management executives.
Part 1 Patents generally:
1. Introduction to the patent system
2. Applying for and securing the grant of a patent
3. Transactions with patents and with patent applications
4. Procedures in disputes concerning patents
5. Patent validity - substantive law
6. Patent infringement - substantive law
Part II Patents in specific areas of technology
7. Patents for chemicals, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals
8. Biotechnology patents
9. Patents in electronics, communications, computing and for business methods
Part III Appendices
Previous edition ISBN: 9781847668905
Trevor Cook is a practising solicitor, specialising in Intellectual Property. He is President of the UK Group of the AIPPI (The International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property) and a member of the Council of the Intellectual Property Institute.
Part I Patents generally Chapter 1 Introduction to the patent system Chapter 2 Applying for and securing the grant of a patent Chapter 3 Transactions with patents and with patent applications Chapter 4 Procedures in disputes concerning patents Chapter 5 Patent validity - substantive law Chapter 6 Patent infringement - substantive law Part II Patents in specific areas of technology Chapter 7 Patents for chemicals, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals Chapter 8 Biotechnology patents Chapter 9 Patents in electronics, communications, and computing Part III Appendices Appendix 1 Adherence to International Patent Treaties Appendix 2 Patents Court and Court of Appeal workload Appendix 3 Patents Court and Court of Appeal judgments on validity and infringement since 1997 Appendix 4 Further reading Appendix 5 Patent resources on the Internet Appendix 6 Legislative materials