UNITARY PATENT / UNIFIED PATENT COURT

When will the Unified Patent Court go live?

The Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) are now anticipated to go live on 1 June 2023, when the UPC Agreement (UPCA) is planned to enter into force.

The Unitary Patent

The UP will, for the first time, offer patent proprietors the option to have a single patent covering multiple EU member states (17 at the time of writing, likely to be more in the future). As an alternative, the current “classical” validation route in different states will continue.