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.

United Kingdom: England

Still reeling from last year’s revelation that it will not play a role in the Unified Patent Court, the United Kingdom is waiting to see what its place will be in the post-Brexit European patent landscape. Despite the setbacks caused by the covid-19 pandemic, innovation continues to thrive and the...

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Still reeling from last year’s revelation that it will not play a role in the Unified Patent Court, the United Kingdom is waiting to see what its place will be in the post-Brexit European patent landscape. Despite the setbacks caused by the covid-19 pandemic, innovation continues to thrive and the patent profession has thus remained busy on both the contentious and non-contentious fronts. Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to be a focus, with more and more questions around the patentability of computer-implemented and AI-generated inventions arising as the technology advances. As elsewhere, national lockdowns have necessitated new working mechanisms and practitioners have adapted valiantly and creatively, with online hearings running smoothly and many commentators suggesting that they may continue post-pandemic. In August 2020 the Supreme Court issued its decision in the seminal Unwired Planet and Conversant cases; the ruling represented a major victory for SEP owners, although the long-term effects for SEP and FRAND-related disputes on a wider scale remain to be seen.

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