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Back from the brink of extinction

Europe's national IP offices. Old, tired and desperate for cash, struggling to find a future in a globalized world used to the efficiencies of one-stop shops? Or streamlined, nimble, consumer-focused operations, providing locally relevant advice at the IP coalface, rather than in far away Munich and Alicante? Emma Barraclough looks at the evidence

Twenty years ago, when staff at the UK Patent Office were not examining IP applications, they spent their time plotting graphs to calculate how long it would be before demand for their services reached the zero line. "We thought it...

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