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

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the European patent with unitary effect (Unitary Patent) may come into full force as early as 2021, depending on the outcome of a complaint filed in German Constitutional Court. A provisional period in which existing, granted European patents and applications may be opted-out from the UPC is expected to start in the months preceeding this. The UPC and Unitary Patent will introduce the most radical changes to patent litigation in Europe for 50 years.

These pages present the latest news and insights from Taylor Wessing's UPC group.

The Unified Patent Court guide

The Taylor Wessing UPC Group have published a useful, go-to guide covering all the key issues of the UPC and how it may affect your business.

  • Chapter 1 – What are the UPC and the Unitary Patent
  • Chapter 2 – UPC: What is the impact of the new system
  • Chapter 3 – How long do proceedings on the merits take and what are the steps?
  • Chapter 4 – How does opt-out work?
  • Chapter 5 – The costs of using the UPC and the Unitary Patent
  • Chapter 6 – Potential advantages and disadvantages for your business
  • Chapter 7 – How can Taylor Wessing help you?
  • Chapter 8 – The Taylor Wessing UPC Group

Our Unified Patent Court guide is currently being updated. 


Articles & PDF Downloads

 

Useful links

  • The UPC Agreement (PDF)
  • Unitary Patent Regulation (PDF)
  • Unified Patent Court
  • Translations Regulation (PDF)
  • 18th draft Rules of Procedure (15 March 2017 update) (PDF)
  • July 16, 2020: EU Commission welcomes a swift ratification of the UPC Agreement by Germany. 
    The EU Commission published its answer on the Parliamentary Question whether Germany could proceed with the ratification of the UPC despite the Brexit on July 15. It is of the view that the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union does not affect the ratification process of the Unified Patent Court Agreement in Germany. The EU Commission therefore welcomes a swift ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement by Germany. 
    See the question here  
    See the answer here

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The decision of the Federal Constitutional Court (Case No 2 BvR 739/17) on the constitutionality of the UPC-Act of Approval

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by Dr. Anja Lunze, LL.M.

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by Dr. Anja Lunze, LL.M. and Paul England, DPhil

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About A Practitioner's Guide to European Patent Law

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by Paul England, DPhil

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1 June 2018

by multiple authors

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Crucial news expected on the UPC and Unitary Patent in Spring 2018

2 May 2018

by Paul England, DPhil

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Inventive step in Europe and the UPC

8 January 2018

by Paul England, DPhil

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Common issues of direct and indirect infringement in Europe and the UPC

4 March 2017

by Paul England, DPhil

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Strategic considerations - why opt-out or why not?

4 January 2015

by Dr. Anja Lunze, LL.M.

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Countdown to the UPC - Experts, experiments and confidentiality

2 May 2017

by multiple authors

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Countdown to the UPC - The Unitary Patent and its renewal fees

9 July 2016

by Paul England, DPhil and Dr. Jan Phillip Rektorschek

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Countdown to the UPC - Opt-out and the transitional period

4 January 2016

by Paul England, DPhil and Verena Bertram

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28 April 2015

by multiple authors

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Countdown to the UPC - The UPC's place in the European patent system

9 January 2014

by multiple authors

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