The Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004

This Order amends the Patents Act 1977 (c.37) ("the Act") to enable it to be administered in conformity with the Patent Law Treaty (which was adopted at Geneva on 1st June 2000).

The new section 117B will enable the comptroller to extend certain time limits he has previously specified . A Regulatory Impact Assesment together with a more detailed explanation of the changes made by this order , in particular the impact of the changes have on certain burden , on any necessary protection and on the maintenance of rights and freedom , is available either from the Patent Office website ( or by consulting the Patents Directorate . The Patent Office , Concept House , Cardiff Road , Newport , NP 10 

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