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Roughton, Johnson and Cook on Patents, Fifth Edition

Formerly known as the Modern Law of Patents, Roughton, Johnson & Cook on Patents is an essential resource for patent lawyers and patent attorneys.
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Published: February 25, 2022
ISBN/ISSN: 9781474321266

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Why should you buy Roughton, Johnson and Cook on Patents, Fifth Edition

Roughton, Johnson & Cook on Patents (formerly known as the Modern Law of Patents) is an essential resource for patent lawyers and patent attorneys. The title offers a fresh and comprehensive exposition of law and procedure relating to patents in the UK and Europe; and includes key precedents and court forms, covers useful historical information and materials, and also explores recent and future developments in patent law in one handy volume.

Now in its fifth edition, the title will be fully revised and updated to take into account all the latest developments since the last edition, and will include coverage of:

  • the impact of the UK leaving the European Union on patent law and practice (eg on jurisdiction, rules of exhaustion, SPCs, Border Regulation, EU compulsory licences, etc);
  • key Supreme Court decisions and significant decisions of lower courts;
  • important decisions of Enlarged Board at the EPO and the Technical Boards of Appeal; and
  • retained EU case law and the rules of precedent under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.


On 31 December 2020, European Union law ceased to apply to the United Kingdom. In many respects, however, the changes brought about were minor. The corpus of EU law has been ‘retained’ as part of the domestic legal system and so largely remains unaffected. In patent law, in contrast to other intellectual property rights, the inroads made by EU law were far less significant in the first place. Nevertheless, there have still been changes. The supplementary protection certificate system is now much more complicated due to the differing regimes for authorising medicines and plant protection products in different parts of the United Kingdom and, likewise, the customs rules are slightly different between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Table of contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Part 1 The Law of Patents
  • Part 2 Transactions, Licensing, Crown Use and Entitlement
  • Part 3 Prosecution of Patent Applications
  • Part 4 Procedure, Hearings and Arbitration
  • Part 5 Miscellaneous
  • Part 6 History and Theory
  • Appendices
  • Precedents and Court Forms