U.K. Patent Bill Would Encourage Settlements, Deter "Unreasonable" Infringement Suits

Law360, New York (January 16, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The United Kingdom has unveiled a patent bill that would encourage out-of-court settlements and deter patent owners from making "unreasonable allegations of infringement."

The bill, introduced in the House of Lords on Jan. 15, includes measures that would modify existing protection for alleged infringers to encourage out-of-court settlement of disputes while still deterring patent owners from making unreasonable allegations of infringement, the Patent Office.

The Patents Bill would enable the Patent Office to provide an independent non-binding opinion on patent validity or infringement to settle disputes...
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