The year America fought back

By Joff Wild and Sara-Jayne Clover

There has been an upswing in US sentiment among respondents to the 2017 IAM benchmarking survey, with more confidence in the litigation system matched by less interest in seeking opportunities elsewhere ‒ although there are still concerns about the USPTO

If last year was all about coming to terms with the implications of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Alice and wondering about patent eligibility in general in the United States, this year appears to be one in which senior operating company IP executives, their counterparts in non-practising entities (NPEs) and their advisers in private practice are finding renewed reasons to give the US market a chance. The 2017 IAM benchmarking survey finds sentiment heading back stateside – although serious doubts remain about the quality of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) output.

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