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Terrell on the Law of Patents
Terrell on the Law of Patents
18th Edition
Series:  Intellectual Property Library
Practice Area:  Intellectual Property
ISBN:  9780414052659
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  12 May 2016
Format:  Hardback
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The undisputed authority on the law of patents in the United Kingdom, from application to infringement. First published in 1884 and regularly cited in court, Terrell is an essential reference for anyone seeking practical and clear guidance on patent law, practice, and procedure.

Terrell on The Law of Patents covers:

  • Provides detailed and authoritative commentary and guidance on all aspects of UK patent law and practice.
  • Includes the most significant case law from all levels of the UK Courts, the European Patent Office, the UK Intellectual Property Office.
  • Detailed analysis of the application process for UK national patents and European patents (UK).
  • Addresses issues of entitlement and answers the key questions: who may apply for a patent and who may be granted a patent?
  • Covers supplementary protection certificates (SPCs), the conditions for granting SPCs and their effects.
  • Outlines the grounds for revocation as defined by the Patents Act 1977.
  • Goes through the different types of invalidity including lack of novelty, obviousness, and insufficiency.
  • Clarifies the principles of patent infringement as well as outlining statutory exceptions and other defences.
  • Discusses actions for infringement and looks at the parties involved, claims forms, trial procedure, and remedies.
  • Explains compulsory licences and licences of right.
  • Includes relevant and fully annotated statutory material, as well as sample precedents and pleadings.
  • Routinely cited in court as the most authoritative text on UK patent law.

New to this Edition

  • A new chapter on FRAND licensing.
  • Details the procedural requirements of the Unified Patent Court
  • A chapter covering the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and case management procedure
  • Commentary on standard-essential patents
  • Looks at the proposed reforms by the Law Commission concerning unjustified threats of proceedings for patent infringement
  • New commentary on plausibility with respect to inventive step, sufficiency and industrial applicability
  • New content on infringement of second medical use patents


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1 Patents
2 The nature of patentable indentions
3 The application
4 Entitlement
5 The granted patent
6 Supplementary protection certificates
7 Priority date
8 The “person skilled in the art” and common general knowledge
9 Construction of the specification and claims
10 Invalidity and the grounds of revocation
11 Invalidity due to lack of novelty (anticipation)
12 Invalidity due to obviousness (lack of inventive step)
13 Invalidity due to insufficiency
14 Patent infringement
15 Amendment of specifications
16 Devolution, assignments and licences, co-ownership and registration
17 Compulsory licenses and licenses of right
19 Action for infringement
20 The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court
21 Remedies for infringement
22 Revocation proceedings
23 Declaration
24 Action to restrain threats
25 Use by the crown. Stamp duty, income tax, etc.
26 The Unified Patent Court


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