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The introduction of the Unitary Patent and the associated Unified Patent Court will be a landmark moment in European patent law.
Regarding the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC), following many years of negotiations, the UPC has now entered into Provisional Application Period (PAP) and has legal personality. It is currently expected that the date on which the UPC be will in full operation, and on which the UP will be available, will be in early 2023. On this site we have provided a number of helpful articles to assist applicants in understanding the new system. In particular, you’ll find detailed information about the Unitary Patent itself and the new Unified Patent Court. We’ve also provided information on the predicted cost of the new system to applicants, the countries currently covered, as well as guidance on filing strategy issues that you need to begin considering.
For an overview of what the Unitary Patent Package entails, please watch the introductory video below. As more details emerge, we will be adding videos to our dedicated Unitary Patent Package video page.
Unitary Patent Comparison Calculator
In advance of the Unitary Patent Court coming into force we offer a Unitary Patent Comparison Calculator which can be used for anticipating costs and helping to decide if the Unitary Patent is something you should incorporate into your own IP strategy. You can sign up to access the Unitary Patent Comparison Calculator here.
For further information please speak to your usual contact at Withers & Rogers or email Russell Barton: