My thought and purpose in establishing this website is to have a forum and source for information and discussion of current issues in patent law, especially new developments in global, US, and European patent law.

At a global level, current developments are largely driven by various trade agreements whether already negotiated, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, or being currently negotiated like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Although the election of Donald Trump as President-elect with inauguration as President of the United States in January 2017, has introduced a certain uncertainly on the future of trade agreements, it is the author’s opinion that a general pro-business approach will eventually require trade agreements in order to open up more markets to US products and services in spite of any protectionist rhetoric during the presidential election.

At the european level, current development is largely driven by the EU. Two Eu regulations regarding unitary patent – or “European patent with unitary effect” and a unified patent court entered into force . However, the uncertainty of about the Brexit – the possible exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union – has also introduced a certain uncertainty. Notwithstanding, the UK has stated in late November that it will ratify the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

For the United States, national legislation like the Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) has been the driving force of change.