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  • Reformation of the UK Judiciary and Its Effect on Patent Litigation

    The United Kingdom (“UK”) has recently undergone unprecedented constitutional reform. This reform includes significant changes to the relationship between the UK judiciary and legislative branches of government. This paper attempts to shed light on the likely effects of these changes on UK jurisprudence and, more specifically, patent litigation in the UK. Part I frames the question which this work attempts to answer and the motivation behind the question. Part II discusses the structure of the UK legal system before the most recent and significant constitutional reform. Part III outlines the post-reform structure, emphasizing the key post-reform differences in the judiciary. Part IV evaluates trends resulting from and effects of similar constitutional reform in the United States (“US”) and discusses the likelihood of similar trends and effects being experienced in the UK. Part V provides conclusory remarks.