Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Time limits in the Patents Rules

There's a statutory instrument just out amending the Patents Rules, to take account of recent decisions about when time limits prescribed in legislation start. The Patents (Amendment) Rules 2011 (SI 2011 No 2052) amend a whole raft of rules, in the words of the explanatory note, to
... amend the various time periods prescribed ... by substituting a reference to “beginning immediately after” for the references to “beginning with” so that when computing a period of time by reference to a relevant event, the date on which the relevant event occurred is not included.

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