IP Recap #19

December 6, 2016


UK Ratifies UPC

Now it is set to come into effect in 2017

Image relative to politic situation between great britain and european union. Politic process named as brexit

The Story

One of the many uncertainties created by the Brexit vote was the impact it would have on the future of the Unitary Patent Court. This is due to the fact that before it could take effect, the court system needs ratifying by at least 13 member states. As we mentioned in our September 29th IP Recap, there was pressure for the UK to make a decision. To the surprise of many, the UK announced their ratification of the court last week. Given that the Unitary Patent system is a European initiative, getting the system up and running could be somewhat disruptive if the UK were to be excluded from participating after leaving the EU given that the UK is due to host some of the courts in London, and this could be helpful towards allowing the UK to remain part of the UPC regime, thought to be a major initiative to boost European IP due to the automatic coverage in 25 states.

Why it matters

This is a major step towards the system taking effect, and some are speculating that the patent court could be up and running as early as next year, which will be a major boost for both British and European IP if the system is as popular as many are expecting it to be.


Is it the next big thing?

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The Story

The IOT is predicted by many to be a game changer to technology. The European commission recently stated that they are looking forward to 5G and IOT, with the extra data speeds of 5G thought to be highly complementary to the IOT. Typically, tech game-changers are accompanied by IP, and Japan has led the way in anticipating the IP for the IOT, and are the first in the world to create a patent classification for the tech, which will help IP users research existing technology in the space.

Why it matters

There is a good chance other patent offices will follow suit and will also adopt the new system. The JPO is actively encouraging worldwide adoption, which is a sign of the significant expectations in the number of patents to be filed in this tech.

Samsung’s Acquisition of Harman – a Major Play into Connected, Smart Cars, and IOT?

Connected car

Pushing on a touch screen interface navigation system in interior of modern car

The Story

Samsung announced recently they have spent $8 Billion to acquire Harman, which brings a large portfolio of connected car tech into Samsung’s hands. It doesn’t take a great leap of imagination to pair this with Samsung’s existing smartphone tech and see the potential that lies within their combined portfolios and how this will broaden their capabilities in the connected car space. However, if one looks more broadly at connected cars as an application of IOT, then this also opens doors into more IOT tech for Samsung, as was outlined by Harman in their discussion with IAM

Why it matters

The Taiwanese tech giant could be getting extra leverage over their main competitors in smart cars, and even IOT with this move, which could lead to some major developments in the Auto sector. However, with major developments comes extra risks, we have already seen action from NPEs in this market and this could start a new wave of license demands and litigation.

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