With the turkey gone and the decorations down (for most of us anyway), it's time to look ahead to what 2024 has in store.

Our second IP Horizon Scanner has just been published, which gives our take on what to expect in the following areas:

  1. AI Patents and AI Inventorship - updated to address the decision in Thaler (see our blog post here) where the Supreme Court held that the scope and meaning of the term “inventor” in the Act did not extend to AI machines;
  2. Copyright and Generative AI, which we are tracking closely through our AI Resource Hub;
  3. The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023;
  4. What to expect from the Unified Patent Court;
  5. The UK's adoption of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, designed to ensure performers can control use of their performances and secure appropriate remuneration;
  6. Standard Essential Patents and FRAND rates; and
  7. EU Design Reform.

The impacts are tailored towards our Chinese clients, but will have wider implications for anyone interested in the above areas.

Happy reading!