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The Patents Bill currently before Parliament is the result of a wide-ranging consultation with industry and the professions. The bill, which will amend the Patents Act 1977, is not guaranteed to be enacted, although it does stand a good chance of becoming law – if only because none of the controversial changes mooted during the consultation have been included. Most of those that have made it into the bill will meet with widespread approval. Indeed, some clauses must be enacted if the UK is to implement recent changes to various international conventions to which it is a signatory.

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