Delaying grant of a European Patent to obtain a Unitary Patent and filing an early request for a Unitary Patent
With 1 June 2023 being the start date of the Unitary Patent system, applicants achieving allowance of their European patent applications in the coming months may wish to delay grant so as to obtain a Unitary Patent (UP).
Centralised European patent protection and enforcement is coming – the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court
The Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will enter into force on 1 June 2023, when the UPC Agreement (UPCA) is planned to enter into force. These new systems will centralise patent protection and enforcement within many EU countries.