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House of Lords clarifies obviousness test

Eklavya Gupte, London

Patent practitioners have welcomed a House of Lords ruling that clarifies the test for obviousness, saying it brings UK practice closer to that in continental Europe and should lead to more patents being upheld

On July 9, the House of Lords ruled in favour of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals in the closely watched case, Conor Medsystems Inc v Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc, upholding the validity of Angiotech’s European patent for a paclitaxel-eluting stent and reversing the decisions...

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