UK Supreme Court decides when making spare parts amounts to patent infringement, and the consequences for failing to register a patent licence
19 March 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The UK Supreme Court has unanimously ruled on an important commercial activity for patentees and spare part manufacturers, namely when supplying replacement parts constitutes patent infringement. The decision also deals with the consequences of failing to register a patent licence.
The decision has potentially significant strategic implications for both patent litigation and the question of infringement, and for commercial transactions that require recordal of patent licences and the consequences of failing to do so.