In-house lawyers still unsure how upcoming EU patent changes will impact on IP litigation
Many in-house legal teams are still unclear about how they will be affected by next year's overhaul of the European patents system. Research from Legal Week Intelligence in association with Powell Gilbert found that more than one in three lawyers involved in commissioning or carrying out IP work don't know enough about the introduction of the European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court to say how it will change IP litigation. The new structure, which is due to be introduced in spring 2014, will involve the creation of unitary European patents, enforceable across all 28 EU states. The proposed Unified Patent Court would hear infringement cases from across all member states.
Many in-house legal teams are still unclear about how they will be affected by next year’s overhaul of the European patents system.
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