IAM Patent 1000 2021

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Netherlands

The rollercoaster that is the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has practitioners in the Netherlands on the edge of their seats. While significant legal challenges remain, the country is an important jurisdiction for patent litigation and the introduction of the UPC would likely result in amendments to current disputes being heard...

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The rollercoaster that is the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has practitioners in the Netherlands on the edge of their seats. While significant legal challenges remain, the country is an important jurisdiction for patent litigation and the introduction of the UPC would likely result in amendments to current disputes being heard across all participating countries. That said, practitioners have been busy with an increase in disputes coming in from the telecommunications sector as global giants place more of an importance on key European countries. In the life sciences, new risks have come to light as IP owners are now liable to be sued by third parties if they assert rights that are subsequently invalidated according to a recent ruling by the District Court of The Hague. Moving away from litigation, R&D activity is healthy, investments and government expenditure remain steady and the Netherlands has once again been ranked favourably by WIPO in its global innovation index.

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