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Patents Act 2004

Schedule 2paragraphs 7 and 23

96.The RRO will insert new provisions into the 1977 Act to provide for the reinstatement (section 20B) or resuscitation (section 117A) of patent applications in certain circumstances. The provisions protect third parties from being sued for infringement if they have, in good faith, started to use the invention between termination or withdrawal of the patent application and its subsequent reinstatement or resuscitation. Paragraphs 7 and 23 ensure that the Crown is not liable for payment to the patent proprietor if the Crown has, in good faith, started to use the invention between the patent application being terminated and reinstated (under section 20B) or between the patent application being withdrawn and resuscitated (under section 117A).

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