In an entertaining address to the assembled audience, Michael reviewed the latest batch of patent filing statistics and observed as follows:
- in recent years there was an observable downward trend in the filing of Israeli patent applications
- over the same period of time, the larger patent practices appear to have grown in size, while the number of small practices seems to have risen
- in general, patent work seems to remain profitable.
It would be good to know how this combination of factors (with a small 'f') can be best explained. And is the same effect experienced in other jurisdictions? Readers: do let us know!