Patents Act 2004

The UK Patents Act 2004 amends the law relating to patents, specifically the Patents Act 1977. 

The Patents Act 2004 calls for a more supportive framework to help small businesses enforce patent rights and promote innovation. It encourages out-of-court settlement of disputes whilst deterring patent owners from making unreasonable allegations of infringement.

The Intellectual Property Office believes that software should not be patentable without technological innovation, and technological innovations should not cease to be patentable merely because innovation lies in software. The law is currently not clear - ways of doing business should always remain unpatentable.

Further information


Patents Act 2004