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Global Intellectual Property Outlook 2020 – Two steps forward and a look back

Our fourth annual Global Intellectual Property Outlook reflects on some of the biggest developments from 2019, and provides valuable insights on upcoming changes in 2020. From key decisions and the latest case law, to how emerging technology, policy and trade will impact your IP portfolio and strategy.


The start to 2020 has been an unprecedented time for us all. As citizens, businesses, governments and regulators adjust to the new challenges presented by the global spread of COVID-19, and social distancing and remote working become the new norm, there is no doubt that the way we conduct business is going to change for the foreseeable future.

We are here to help you adjust to the new challenges. Our latest thinking and guidance can be found on our COVID-19 Topic Centre, which includes an IP Office tracker and an IP Litigation tracker to help you keep up to date with guidance from IP offices and courts around the world. And, of course, we are here to discuss the challenges you’re facing and offer our support.

As we look ahead, we should not lose sight of major developments in IP law and other trends shaping products and businesses. Our Global Intellectual Property Outlook is here to help you prepare for those changes.

Topics covered include:

  • Patents
  • Standard Essential Patents (SEPs)
  • Post-grant proceedings
  • Trade secrets
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright
  • Domain names
  • International Trade Commission (ITC)
  • IP transactions
  • IP arbitration

We also examine emerging trends in technology, law and politics, and what they mean for your business, including:

  • 3D printing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain and smart contracts
  • Brexit
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital health
  • Digital Single Market
  • Esports
  • Influencer marketing

You can read our interactive publication here.