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Patent Co-Operation Treaty

Volume 938: debated on Thursday 10 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether the United Kingdom has ratified the Patent Cooperation Treaty ; and when the treaty will come into force.

The United Kingdom ratified the Patent Co-operation Treaty on 24th October 1977 whilst the House was in recess. As a consequence, the treaty will come into force on 24th January 1978. It is likely that applications may be filed under the treaty as from June 1978.