Introduction to patents


Students of intellectual property law often worry that patents are the most complicated and inaccessible part of the subject. In reality, the law is probably easier and less extensive than in other parts of the syllabus: the complexity comes from the technologies that patents protect. In this lecture, we provide an essential introduction to the subject with a description of the sources of the law (the Patents Act 1977, the European Patent Convention, and other developments), a description of the process by which patents are granted, and a review of some of the topical areas of the patents world.

Duration: 50 minutes (approx)

Lecturer: Peter Groves

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