The Intellectual Property Review: Editor's Preface
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted all aspects of life over the past year, requiring governments, businesses and individuals to adapt. The world's interconnectedness and reliance on international trade remained clear – and were even magnified – in the face of the border restrictions and shutdowns imposed in response to the global health crisis. Meanwhile, some developments that had been in progress for years continued, including the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union and Phase 1 of the United States–China trade agreement. Against this backdrop, intellectual property practitioners must navigate a variety of legal systems and intellectual property laws in which many differences remain, despite some movements toward harmonisation.
The coming years will bring further questions. Will the change of leadership in the United States result in new international policies, including policies on trade relations with China, where intellectual property protection has been a contentious issue? German ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement remains elusive, delayed by further constitutional challenges. And time will tell how adjustments made in response to the pandemic will change how law firms operate going forward.
To aid practitioners in the ever-changing environment of global intellectual property, we now present the tenth edition of The Intellectual Property Review. In this edition, we present 18 chapters that provide an overview of the forms of intellectual property coverage available in each particular jurisdiction, along with an update of its most recent developments. Each chapter is written and assembled by leading practitioners in that jurisdiction. While all involved have striven to make this review both accurate and comprehensive, it is necessarily a summary and overview, and we strongly recommend that the reader seek the advice of experienced advisers for any specific intellectual property matter. Contact information for the authors of each chapter is provided at the end of this review.
Dominick A Conde