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.
Do the Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC) offer advantages for SMEs and universities?
As an incentive for patent proprietors such as SMEs and universities to opt for the Unitary Patent, the new system has introduced the possibility of financial compensation for these proprietors in certain circumstances.
Will Unitary Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) follow the introduction of the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC)?
SPCs are national rights that apply to certain pharmaceutical and plant protection products that have been authorized for use by the regulatory authorities. Will they follow the introduction of the UP/UPC?
The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: what do non-European attorneys, and their clients, need to know? (North America session)
What could the introduction of the UP and UPC mean for non-European attorneys, and their European patent-holding clients? Watch the recording of our recent virtual UP/UPC workshop to find out more.