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Results: 4 Answers
Patents
10.
Licensing
10.1
What patent rights can a party obtain through a licence?
 
UK
The rights obtained by a licensee will depend on the type of licence that is granted:

  • Exclusive licence: The licensee has exclusive rights to use the licensed technology, which means that the licensor may not grant any other licences or use the licensed technology itself. An exclusive licensee has the same right as the patent owner to bring patent infringement proceedings.
  • Sole licence: The licensee has sole rights to use the licensed technology, but the licensor may still use the licensed technology.
  • Non-exclusive licence: The licensee has rights to use the licensed technology, but the licensor may grant as many other licences as it wishes to other parties and may operate the licensed technology itself.
For more information about this answer please contact: Sarah McFarlane from Powell Gilbert
10.2
What limits can a patent owner impose on a licence?
 
UK
Subject to complying with all other laws (including antitrust laws), there are no restrictions on the provisions that a patent owner can include in a licence agreement.

For more information about this answer please contact: Sarah McFarlane from Powell Gilbert