2007 was a landmark year for IP, with enough major rulings to keep textbook writers occupied for some time. But 2008 looks set to be just as fascinating for IP professionals.

There is a new judge in the patent courts. Solicitors are getting ready to bow down to former 11 South Square head Christopher Floyd QC, rather than instruct him. Many practitioners are looking forward to appearing in front of Mr Justice Floyd and the market is positive he will justify his appointment.

The coming year may also see a final resolution in the long-running spats between Nokia and Qualcomm and Nokia and Interdigital. The cases have questioned the line that separates IP concerns from competition.

As technology continues to move forward at full speed, so the law will have to catch up. We can expect to see more controversy in the realm of data protection and privacy as social networking on the internet takes off.