As we have covered the basic outlines, we will now look in detail at a few core patent concepts. These have been touched on in the previous section.

Core Patent Concepts

  • Priority
  • Unity
    • European Patents – Article 82 EPC – pages 169 to 170 of The Annotated European Patent Convention (Blue Book) – Time: 5 minutes.
    • UK Patents –Section 14 PA – MOPP – Pages 38 to 40 (14.157 to 14.168) – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/practice-sec-014.pdf – revised July 2013 – Time: 15 minutes.
  • Clarity
    • European Patents – Article 84 EPC – pages 173 to 181 of The Annotated European Patent Convention (Blue Book) – Time: 30 minutes.
    • UK Patents – Section 14 PA – MOPP – Pages 15 to 16 (14.62 to 14.65), Pages 24 to 33 (14.108 to 14.139) – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/practice-sec-014.pdf – revised July 2013 – Time: 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Sufficiency
  • Novelty
    • European Patents – Article 54 EPC – pages 78 to 100 of The Annotated European Patent Convention (Blue Book) – Time: 45 to 1 hour.
    • UK Patents – Section 2 PA – MOPP – Novelty – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/practice-sec-002.pdf – 15 pages – revised July 2013 – Time: 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Inventive Step



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