Cross-Border Patent Disputes: Unified Patent Court or International Commercial Arbitration?

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Ana Alba Betancourt;
  • Publisher: Ubiquity Press
  • Journal: Utrecht Journal of International and European Law (issn: 2053-5341, eissn: 2053-5341)
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  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5334/ujiel.262
  • Subject: Conflicts of Law | Law | Jurisdiction | Enforcement | K | Arbitration | KJ-KKZ | Law of Europe | Intellectual Property | Unified Patent Court | Patents | Unified Patent Court; Patents; Arbitration; Conflicts of Law; Intellectual Property; Jurisdiction; Enforcement | Intellectual Property; Arbitration; Patents

Currently, the enforcement of a patent that is registered in several countries involves the risk of getting different and conflicting decisions from the national courts. In 2013, 25 European countries entered in an agreement that aims to homogenise the patent system by ... View more
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    4 ibid.

    5 ibid.

    6 ibid.

    7 A Google search, using the term 'Apple vs Samsung' gives around 416 million results; see < rd=cr&ei=QThMU_LAH43R8geY9oHICQ#q=apple+vs+samsung> accessed 14 April 2014.

    8 Apple and Samsung negotiated all patent procedures outside of the US, see Amid Chowdhry, 'Apple and Samsung Drop Patent Disputes Against Each Other Outside of the U.S.' (Forbes Magazine, 6 August 2014) < sites/amitchowdhry/2014/08/06/apple-and-samsung-drop-patent-disputes-against-each-other-outside-of-the-u-s/ #2b783eeca5e1> accessed 20 March 2016.

    9 See eg Julian Lew, Loukas Mistellis and Stephan Kröll, Comparative International Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer Law International 2003); Trevor Cook and Alejandro Garcia, International Intellectual Property Arbitration (Wolters Kluwer 2010); Anne Martin and J Derek Manson, 'Arbitration: A Quick and Effective Means for Patent Dispute Resolution' (Oblon, December 2011) <http://www.> accessed 11 March 2016; and Gari Born, International Arbitration Law and Practice (Kluwer Law International 2012).

    10 This opinion is shared with Cook and Garcia (n 9); see also Thierry Calame and Martin Aebi, 'Enforceability' in Thomas D Halket (ed), Arbitration of International Intellectual Property Disputes (Juris Publishing 2012).

    11 Qualitative research aims to understand the meaning of human action, relying on text data rather than numerical, it also asks open questions about the phenomena as it occurs in context. See Stacy Carter and Miles Little, 'Justifying Knowledge, Justifying Method, Taking Action: Epistemologies, Methodologies and Methods in Qualitative Research' (2007) 17 QHR 1316.

    12 Recognised patent lawyers in the EU, specialised in patent litigation.

    13 From companies such as Nokia, Bayern and Caterpillar.

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