UK IPO announce potential patent changes

Announced this week, the UK Intellectual Property Office are proposing to change the way they deal with patent applications.

After discussion with their stakeholders, they are proposing to stop notifying inventors who are not applicants in relation to any mention of them in an application.

While this decision is not set in stone, they give a number of reasons why they feel this change is for the better. These are:

– They are no longer legally obliged to notify inventors of their inclusion in a patent application

– The majority of inventors are already aware of their inclusion in an application

– Notification of their involvement in an application that they are not a party to has recently caused some confusion where they are unsure if they need to respond in some way or not

They do stress that this will not affect any communication given to those inventors who are also applicants.

If you are concerned or want to comment on this proposed change, please contact the UK IPO by the 30th June 2016 using the email address patentform7@ipo.gov.uk

For further information or guidance, please contact Lawdit Solicitors.

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