Patent in Europe

Historic Definition of Patent in Great Britain

(1) Letters patent from the Crown, as, e.g., conferring a peerage. (2) The right conferred by letters patent of the exclusive use and benefit of a new invention. The law as to patents was to be found in the Patents and Designs Act, 1907, as amended by the Patents and Designs Act, 1919, and in the Patents Rules, 1920 (see below about the Patents Act 1977). A patent is obtained by making to the Patent Office an application accompanied by a specification, and, when granted, is sealed with the seal of the Patent OfEce. Its normal duration is sixteen years, but the period may be extended. [1] There is also a definition of Patent in the legal Dictionaries.


In the UK, the Patents Act 1977 sets out the requirements for patent applications, how the patent-granting process should operate, and the law relating to disputes concerning patents. It also sets out how UK law relates to the European Patent Convention and the Patent Co-operation Treaty.

The latest amendment to the Patents Act 1977 took place on 1 October 2017 and was made by the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017.

Patent in other legal encyclopedias

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Patent Patent in the International Legal Encyclopedia.
Patent Patent in the American Legal Encyclopedia.
Patent Patent in the Asian Legal Encyclopedia.
Patent Patent in the UK Legal Encyclopedia.
Patent Patent in the Australian Legal Encyclopedia.



1. Definition of Patent is based on the A Concise Law Dictionary (1927).

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