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Patents Act 2004

Schedule 2paragraph 6

95.Paragraph 6 amends section 16 of the 1977 Act. This section requires the comptroller to publish a patent application, and (in conjunction with section 118) allows the public to see all the relevant papers on the file of a patent application. The amendment made by paragraph 6 enables rules to be made setting out the circumstances in which an inventor’s name and address can be withheld from the publicly-available patent application file. Rules may also be made setting out the circumstances in which an inventor’s name may be withheld from the front page of the specification of a published patent application (the ‘A-specification’).

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