Challenging Patent Registrations under the United Kingdom Law

Under the United Kingdom (UK) patent law, allows third party's objections to other people's patents. These objections may be (1) just mere observations about patentability; (2) opinions about the validity of a patent; and (3) opposing requests after a patent has been granted. Indeed, the patent application can be challenged after it has been published or after the patent registration has been issued.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How can a third party make observations about a patent application?
What procedures can be invoked after the patent registration has issued?
What about publication issues in the age of the Internet and electronic commerce?


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