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The Patents Act 1977 is the main law governing the patents system in the UK.
The Patents Act 1977 outlines the requirements for patent applications, how the patent-granting process should operate, and the law relevant to disputes concerning patents. It also regulates how UK law relates to the European Patent Convention and the Patent Co-operation Treaty.
The latest amendment to the Patents Act 1977 took place on 1 October 2017 and was made by the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017.