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  • UPC reason two: Pan-European enforcement

    21 January 2022

    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 appealingly, as the Unitary Patent (UP) covers a large number of European territories, it would be possible to use the court to seek relief for infringing activities happening […]

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  • UPC reason one: Cost-effective system

    20 January 2022

    The Unitary Patent system would 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 would be equivalent to the cost of renewing individual […]

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  • The Provisional Application Period of the UPC has begun

    19 January 2022

    On 18th January, Austria deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on the Provisional Application of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). Since Austria was the 13th country to do so, this protocol has now entered into force, such that many of the articles of the UPCA have now entered into “provisional application”.  This […]

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  • Our Brand & Purpose

    30 November 2021

    Every experience a client or potential client has with a business helps to strengthen or undermine a business’s brand and in a similar regard its reputation. At W&R we have been on a journey to articulate what we are, why we do what we do, what we stand for and what we are striving to […]

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  • Driving the Global Transition to Zero Emission Transport

    10 November 2021

    Nothing drives innovation quite like necessity. The universal recognition of the need for zero emission transport is already showing a boost in innovation across different transport sectors. Challenges in reaching zero emission transport are shared across the road, rail and marine transport sectors. Recognition of these shared challenges, and subsequent sharing of innovative solutions, would […]

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  • There’s no silver bullet

    9 November 2021

    “Without a major acceleration in clean energy innovation, reaching net‐zero [carbon] emissions by 2050 will not be achievable.”1 This is one of the stark warnings to come out of the recent IEA report setting out a roadmap for the global energy sector to ensure global temperature rises can be limited to 1.5°C. The need for further, […]

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