After years of uncertainty, both the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) could be live as early as October 2022.
The new systems will introduce centralised patent protection and enforcement in Europe. They will impact all existing European patents and applications. Patent owners will need to make strategic decisions for their EP portfolios within the coming months.
Our virtual workshop covered the key features of the UP and UPC, to help non-European patent and IP attorneys make recommendations to their clients.
The EU patent package establishing a Unitary Patent (UP) providing EU-wide patent coverage and a Unified Patent Court (UPC) to enforce such patents entered into force on 1 June 2023, and our clients are deciding whether or not to opt out their existing European patents from the jurisdiction of the UPC.
In this session, Appleyard Lees partners and patent attorneys Kate Hickinson and Howard Read provided answers to commonly asked questions about the UP and UPC.