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U.K. Amends Patent Act To Deter "Unreasonable" Lawsuits

Law360 (July 23, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The United Kingdom has amended its existing patent law in an effort to deter “unreasonable” infringement suits and encourage out-of-court settlements.

The new Patents Act, which amends the Patents Act of 1977, was passed by the House of Lords on Thursday. The bill was previously introduced to and passed by the House of Commons.

While the law does not change the standard of patentability, it modifies existing protection for alleged infringers to encourage out-of-court settlement of disputes while still deterring patent owners from making unreasonable allegations...
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