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Patents Act 2004

Consultation on matters in the Act

12.A consultation paper was issued on 29th November 2002, setting out the proposed changes to the 1977 Act to give effect to EPC 2000, and asking for views on a number of other possible changes to the 1977 Act. A document summarising the responses received and the Government’s conclusions was published on 14th November 2003. Copies have been placed in the Library of both Houses of Parliament. Both the consultation paper and the response document are available on the Patent Office website at .

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