UPC – The Unified Patent Court

The UPC and Unitary Patent will introduce the most radical changes to patent litigation in Europe in 40 years.

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the European patent with unitary effect (Unitary Patent) are expected to come into full force at the beginning of 2023. The Unitary Patent is a new, single pan-European right protecting an invention, which prohibits anyone but the owner or their licensees from practising that invention in all of the participating EU Member States.

As Europe’s leading patent law firm, Taylor Wessing has combined its resources from these and other European countries to establish a uniquely adaptable and capable UPC Group to fit exactly the needs of your specific case in the UPC: 

  • Law – we bring knowledge of the key substantive and procedural law traditions that are expected to shape UPC law and practice. 

  • Language – our linguistic skills and the location of our offices ensure that you can be easily represented in the major languages and divisions of the UPC. 

  • Legal skills – our lawyers bring a flexible and complementary mixture of common and civil law experience and skill sets from the above countries, enabling us to deal with all of the 32 opportunities and challenges that the UPC will bring for you.

What is the UPC? Our latest Q&A explains all

In this Q&A, we answer your questions regarding the UPC, helping you to assess whether the UPC system will be beneficial or risky for your company and IP assets. The original version of the Q&A first appeared in GTDT Lexology in April 2021 and can be accessed here.

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