In a patent world as uncertain as this one - characterised by turmoil in the US, a lack of clarity over the UPC in Europe and China’s inexorable rise as an IP super power - predicting what will happen in 2018 seems almost destined to end in failure. After all, no one would have told you at the start of this year that Native American Indian tribes would come to feature so prominently in the debate around inter partes reviews (IPRs). However, what is Christmas if not a time to put your neck on the line and the run the risk of making a fool of yourself? So, we asked a collection of IP leaders to tell us what they think is going to happen over the next 12 months. To ensure we had some skin in the game, the IAM team also dusted down their crystal balls. So here’s what you’re going to be reading about through the course of next year:

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