The Unified Patent Court (UPC) will become operational on 1 June 2023 heralding the start of the Unitary Patent Convention. A large number of opt outs from the jurisdiction of the UPC are being filed, and we would advise that any opt out is filed sooner rather than later to avoid any last minute rush.
The start of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) was delayed today by two months. The sunrise period will now start on 1 March 2023 followed by entry into force of the UPCA on 1 June 2023. This delay is thought to be required to allow further time for users to get to grips with … Read More
According to the recently issued current timetable, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will launch 1 April 2023. Implementation roadmap – Outlook (unified-patent-court.org) The coming into force of the Unitary Patent system will affect not only applications filed after it comes into effect but also applications which are already filed and European patents which are already … Read More
The set-up of local and regional divisions of the Court of First Instance of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) was confirmed in a meeting of the Administrative Committee of the UPC on 8 July 2022. These divisions will be located in: Austria (Vienna) Belgium (Brussels) Demark (Copenhagen) Finland (Helsinki) France (Paris) Germany (Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Mannheim, … Read More
The Unitary Patent System The Unitary Patent system is a framework that will make it possible to obtain patent protection in up to 25 EU member states by submitting a single request to the European Patent Office (EPO) instead of validating the granted patent in those countries individually. The 17 states which will participate in … Read More