WIPO reported that in 2011 global patent applications broke the two million mark. This journey is one of almost constant growth spanning more than two decades. Could such an increase herald a bright new future of global technological brilliance?
The European patent system is undergoing major reforms. These include the creation of a patent with unitary effect across Europe and a Unified Patent Court (UPC) to enforce the new patent right.
In part two of our series on the history of design rights, we look at the decision to register a design right.
As communication becomes more digital, so do intellectual property offices.