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Vodafone loses Court of Appeal motion against IPCom

Intellectual Property Magazine

Vodafone loses Court of Appeal motion against IPCom

Dispute over emergency use of patents by government departments upheld by court; IPCom appeal endorsed by UK defence secretary

The UK government holds the right to authorise the use of patented inventions – subject to an obligation for it to pay compensation to the rightsholder – but it must exercise that right by either expressly identifying the patent in question or require a service or product that necessarily infringed the patent, the England & Wales Court of Appeal has ruled.

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