468. Meaning of 'published' and 'publication'.

468.     Meaning of 'published' and 'publication'.

In the Patents Act 1977, 'published' means made available to the public1. Publication of a document is established by showing that it was exposed in such a way that the public in general, or some section of it, had access to it, for example, in a bookshop2, or a room in a library to which the public had access3. Any document which can be inspected as of right, at any place in the United Kingdom by members of the public, whether on payment of a fee or