The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: what do non-European attorneys, and their clients, need to know?

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.

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