Patent litigation across the border: why expectations should change when home rules don't apply


Richard Gough

Patent litigation is demanding, complex and costly. Cross-border litigation multiplies the challenges. Richard Gough discusses the outcomes.

As an aid to navigating across boundaries, this article provides an overview of some key similarities and differences, referring to aspects of the litigation process in particular countries by way of illustration.

Civil and common law countries

The world is divided into a patchwork of different legal systems, including an important demarcation between civil law countries (such as China and many European states) and common law countries (such as the US and Commonwealth countries).

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