Revue de la Faculté de Droit de L'université de Liège vol:52 pages:317-322
Various functions of law have been described and examined at length at present, two of which are being explored in the present paper. The central function of law is regulating relations between the authorities and the citizens and amongst citizens (the so-called ‘regulatory function’ of the law). A second function of the law is somewhat different in nature. Law represents an imprint of binding values within a specific society. Law is an instrument to determine and establish a statement of norms highly valued in that society (the so-called ‘symbolic function’ of the law). The paper examines those two functions in patent law, observes certain limits as to their application, and suggests various remedies to deal with the limits perceived.