IAM Patent 1000 2021

Patents are essential business commodities and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetise them has become mission critical. The IAM Patent 1000 has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise.

Spain

Although there have been no significant legislative changes in Spain since the introduction of the new Patent Act in 2017, the country and its practitioners have been busy transitioning to the new regime. Among other things, all Spanish patents granted by the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office now undergo substantive...

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Although there have been no significant legislative changes in Spain since the introduction of the new Patent Act in 2017, the country and its practitioners have been busy transitioning to the new regime. Among other things, all Spanish patents granted by the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office now undergo substantive examination – a process that was optional before the new legislation came into force. This has undoubtedly enhanced the quality of Spanish patents and simultaneously boosted confidence in the system as a whole. On the contentious front, while pharmaceutical and life sciences disputes feature prominently on court dockets, activity in the telecommunications industry has also picked up substantially. One positive takeaway is that although Spain sees far less litigation than its European counterparts, the consistency of decisions has improved and there has been a concerted effort to have more specialised judges and courts hear patent cases.

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