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In-house IP roundup: UPC litigation uncertainty to stall cases; software development speed diminishes patent office value



Charlotte Kilpatrick, London


Managing IP rounds up the latest news and analysis from patent-focused businesses on the UPC, blockchain, software FTO and Chinese litigation

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UPC: businesses hesitant to litigate in untested court 

Counsel from pharmaceutical, agro-chemical and telecoms companies say that a lack of established rulings and a new structure will make them hesitant to use a newly-emerged Unified Patent Court, should it come into being. Read More... 

Software development speed makes patent offices and FTO less valuable 

Tech companies say freedom-to-operate searches are becoming more difficult because patent registers are less reflective of the landscape and subject matter is more difficult to find. Read more... 

Blockchain prosecution easier at USPTO but more reliable at EPO 

Stakeholders in the distributed ledger market say Section 101 creates eligibility uncertainty for filing at the USPTO, but the EPO sets a higher standard for granting software-related patents. Read more... 

China court improvements increase foreign litigators’ confidence 

While some companies continue to be wary of litigation in China, recent examples of foreign patent wins are convincing many that they can get sound and efficient judgments from the country’s courts. Read more... 





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