Foreign Patent Filing

A Different Kind of “Climate Watch”

Donna P. Suchy

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The U.K. government has announced that it will ratify the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC) this year. Once that happens, Europe will become even more important as a location for international patent litigation, as will China and Asia. Trade agreements, Brexit, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) intellectual property (IP) treaties, and a UPC system all signal that change will accelerate over the next few years. Practitioners in the United States will increasingly need solid international IP strategies, and a foreign filing program is critical to this success.

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