2020 Magazines

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When Prime Minister Boris Johnson ended the UK's participation in the Unified Patent Court, it was a dramatic about-turn. Less dramatic was the government's announcement, which was conspicuous in its unofficial nature. In this issue, we speak to those involved about what this quiet end means for UK IP.

We also find out what the LOT Network has planned for 'patent trolls', why Instagram influencers are turning to image rights, and how one of the UK's first virtual patent court hearings played out.


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In the UK, black, Asian and minority ethnic lawyers make up 3% of the total number of lawyers in firms, according to statistics from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A recent study from the University of Georgia in the US confirmed that female patent applicants whose gender was obvious are less likely to secure a patent.

With both these studies in mind, WIPR spoke to the immediate past-president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, Julia Florence, who is calling for more action on diversity and inclusion. Julia addresses the need for increased social mobility within the industry, while recalling some of her formative experiences and discussing her ideas of how future IP lawyers can be supported and encouraged.

We examine recent developments with Instagram and Telegram, who are both facing copyright challenges. We also analyse the The English High Court’s ruling in Sky v SkyKick, one of the most significant trademark decisions of the year.

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