In Unusual Step, U.K. Patent Office Begins Issuing Non-Binding Opinions On Patent Validity

Law360, New York (October 3, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Patent litigation in the U.K. may become quicker and less expensive, due to a new service implemented by the Patent Office. On Oct. 1, the Patent Office began issuing non-binding opinions on the validity or infringement of any of its patents.

The new service could make the U.K. patent regime markedly different from the patent regime of most countries.

In the U.S., for instance, the Patent and Trademark Office has no jurisdiction over questions of infringement or validity and does not participate in the enforcement of...
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