As 2014 draws to a close, we look ahead at what to expect in 2015. With a new European Commission and a general election coming up in the UK, the political landscape may dictate the progress or otherwise of legislative developments in the media and tech space just as much as technological developments next year. The EU is likely to focus on the single digital economy, spearheading reform of copyright, telecoms and data protection. The influence of technology in all sectors will continue its upward trajectory. FinTech, MedTech and exploitation of data and content are just a few examples of areas bringing huge opportunities as well as legal challenges.
We look at current and future patent issues that are relevant to the technology sector. We consider the new Unitary Patent regime expected to come into force in the next couple of years, with particular reference to its complex translation rules. We also examine the subject of patents and personal data collecting technology, as well as the important issue of patent exhaustion for "software patents" in the European Union.
29 January 2015
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Graham is a partner in the Technology team. Graham previously worked in the software industry and was head of legal at a mobile Internet business.
Mark is partner in our Trade Mark, Copyright and Media Group, and is a leading specialist in intellectual property and information law.