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Question: Assess the difficulty of requiring a patent, taking into account the requirements of novelty, inventive step and industrial application.

Answer: An invention which meets certain standards will have a special and powerful protection, therefore there is no doubt that this protection will hardly be granted with ease. The fairly simple process of a monopoly being given for a set period of time, in return for the disclosure of the details concerning it will in actual fact be subject to a “…compulsory examination before grant”. The Patent Act 1977 had already “extensively altered³” the law governing patents in UK. Introducing an international patent system, and now a patent can be granted by the United Kingdom British Office or the European Patent Office. Before one can look into patent criteria and requirements, it’s essential to grasp the idea of what is meant by an invention. In terms of a precise definition none is p......(short extract)

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Details: - Mark: Not available | Course: Intellectual Property Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 2003 | References: Yes | Date written: January, 2011 | Date submitted: January 21, 2012 | Coursework ID: 716

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