Nearly half a century ago, in 1973, the European Patent Convention was signed, leading to the establishment of the European Patent Office (EPO) and a centralized procedure for the filing and examination of patent applications in Europe. Now another far-reaching reform is imminent that has long been strived for and will fundamentally change patent litigation in Europe.
On these pages, we would like to give you an overview of the two main components of this new system: The European patent with unitary effect ("unitary patent", UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC), together with some practical advice for applicants and patent proprietors.
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Start of the UPC Sunrise Period postponed to March 1, 2023
The UPC announced on December 5, 2022 that the start of the Sunrise Period is postponed for two months.