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.
Nadiya Sultan is an Economist at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
Her work focuses on economic aspects of intellectual property rights, especially patents and patent policy in an international context. Specific research areas include patent backlogs, grace period harmonisation and the unitary patent. Previously Nadiya was a researcher at the London-based Institute for government and a research assistant with the Serco Institute, a position she took up after completing her Master from the London School of Economics. Nadiya is a co-author of the joint UKIPO-USPTO report "Patent backlogs, inventories and pendency: An international framework" (published June, 2013).
The Scottish philosopher Thomas Reid observed almost three centuries ago, There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words.