The word patent as used in this title denotes a monopoly right in respect of an invention, as protected by national or international law. It may be described as a collection of rights conferred by law in respect of a patentable invention1. In the Patents Act 1977 patent means a patent under that Act, a patent granted under the European Patent Convention or a patent granted on an application filed under the Patent Co-operation Treaty2. In the Patent Co-operation Treaty references to a patent are construed as references to patents for
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