Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

30In the Patents Act 1977 after section 125 insert—E+W+S+N.I.

125A Disclosure of invention by specification: availability of samples of micro-organisms.

(1)Provision may be made by rules prescribing the circumstances in which the specification of an application for a patent, or of a patent, for an invention which requires for its performance the use of a micro-organism is to be treated as disclosing the invention in a manner which is clear enough and complete enough for the invention to be performed by a person skilled in the art.

(2)The rules may in particular require the applicant or patentee—

(a)to take such steps as may be prescribed for the purposes of making available to the public samples of the micro-organism, and

(b)not to impose or maintain restrictions on the uses to which such samples may be put, except as may be prescribed.

(3)The rules may provide that, in such cases as may be prescribed, samples need only be made available to such persons or descriptions of persons as may be prescribed; and the rules may identify a description of persons by reference to whether the comptroller has given his certificate as to any matter.

(4)An application for revocation of the patent under section 72(1)(c) above may be made if any of the requirements of the rules cease to be complied with..