10 unanswered questions

  • How far will the automation of patent work go in the next 10 years?
  • When, if ever, will humans not be needed for patent prosecution?
  • Will there be patent reform in the United States to address the concerns over Alice or inter partes review?
  • Will the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court ever get off the ground, and what impact will they have if so?
  • Will Brexit lead to big-ticket litigation moving away from London?
  • Can more efficient means of settling disputes over SEPs and FRAND licensing be developed?
  • Will patent ownership and technology licensing become more transparent?
  • Will specialist or general firms be best able to respond to the new challenges?
  • How will law firms work effectively with technology service providers?
  • Will IP law firms widely adopt new business models?

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