302. National and international framework.

Patent law in the United Kingdom is principally governed by the Patents Act 19771. The Act establishes a domestic code2 which is harmonised with the European Patent Convention so that a single application may be made for a patent conferring protection across all contracting states3. The Act also enables international applications filed through the Patent Co-operation Treaty4 to be administered via the United Kingdom patent system5. Outside the 1977 Act procedures, there is also legislation governing the operation and procedure of the UK Intellectual Property Office6 and making provision for the taxation of intellectual property including the sale of