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  • UPC reason four: Well-run Unitary Patent Court…

    21 March 2017

    It is expected that the UPC will provide robust decisions as a result of the standardised practices between divisions and the diverse and well trained pool of judges. This ensures that issues can be expertly tried and decisions relied upon in territories previously unaccustomed to handling large volumes of patent litigation. This consistency of practice […]

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  • UPC reason three: Pan-European Enforcement…

    15 March 2017

    Firstly, the use of a single court system avoids the scenario of different courts in different countries reaching conflicting opinions on the issue of infringement.  Even more appealing, as the Unitary Patent covers a large number of European territories, is that it will be possible to use the court to seek relief for infringing activities […]

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  • UPC reason two: Cost effective system…

    9 March 2017

    The Unitary Patent system will be cost effective for everyone. It becomes cheaper per country when compared to the traditional bundle of European patents as you seek to protect your invention in an increasing number of countries. Specifically, the annual cost of renewing a Unitary Patent will be equivalent to the cost of renewing individual […]

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  • UPC reason one: Impressive geographical coverage…

    27 February 2017

    A Unitary Patent will provide protection spanning most of the countries of the European Union (except for Spain, Poland and Croatia, at least for the time being). With a population of over half a billion people and a GDP valued at more than $18 trillion, this region represents the largest single market in the world. […]

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  • Italy ratifies the UPCA

    13 February 2017

    On Friday 10 February 2017, Italy became the latest country to ratify the UPCA, bringing the total number of ratifications to twelve. As ten other non-mandatory countries, plus France, have already ratified the Agreement (listed here), the ratification of Italy was not required to initiate the UPC. However, with Italy being the fourth largest economy […]

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  • Bespoke Brexit and Intellectual Property – business as usual

    26 January 2017

    Following UK Prime Minister, Theresa May’s speech of 17 January 2017 and subsequent comments, we now have greater clarity regarding the “bespoke” nature of the UK’s leaving of the European Union. There is no doubt, following her speech, that the intent of the UK executive government is that the UK will no longer be a […]

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