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Ten patent trends for 2012

James Nurton, London, and Eileen McDermott, New York


From the launch of new courts to controversial cases, blockbuster drugs to smartphone wars, what does 2012 have in store for patent professionals?

1 New frameworks

In Australia, the United States and the EU, patent reform will take centre stage in 2012.

The Australian government launched a review of the country's innovation patent system in August this year, saying in a paper that...


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