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Patent Law

Volume 401: debated on Friday 14 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to reform patent law to enhance the rights of inventors in relation to their employers.[102529]

The possibility of enhancing the provisions in the Patents Act 1977 on compensation for employee-inventors for inventions of outstanding benefit to the employer was explored in the recent consultation on our proposed Patents Act (Amendment) Bill. We will be developing our plans in the coming months in the light of responses to that consultation.