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Intellectual Property Act 2014

Paragraph 3: Adjustment of certain time periods to anniversary date model

82.Parties who feel that they are entitled to an interest in a patent can ask the IPO to consider the matter. A successful claim may result in remedies such as the ownership of the patent being transferred, an additional patent owner being added or the patent being partially or fully revoked and the rightful owner being given permission to file a new patent application in their name.

83.The 1977 Act provides a period of two years “beginning with” the date of grant for parties to file an entitlement action with the IPO and benefit from the remedies discussed above. Under standard formulations used for calculating time periods in legislation, this would not be considered to include the second anniversary of the date on which the patent was granted. For example, if a patent was granted on 2 October 2012, the time period for filing an entitlement action and benefitting from the remedies discussed above would end on 1 October 2014.

84.This paragraph extends the time period in which a party can apply to the IPO to initiate such a challenge to the ownership of a granted patent and benefit from these remedies. The paragraph adjusts the time period available so that it continues to run from (and include) the date of grant of the patent but finishes on (and includes) the corresponding second anniversary date at the end of the two year period. For example, for a patent granted on 2 October 2012, the time period for filing an entitlement action and benefiting from the remedies discussed above will end on 2 October 2014.

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