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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 2022. 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. Find the latest news and insights of our Taylor Wessing UPC group on this page.

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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. 

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UPC

New – presumably short – delay of the Unified Patent Court due to two constitutional complaints with expedited motions

22 January 2021
Briefing

by Dr. Gisbert Hohagen, Lic. en droit (Paris II/ Assas) and Dr. Philipp Krusemarck

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Patents & innovation

Major step forward for the Unified Patent Court

18 December 2020
Briefing

by Dr. Gisbert Hohagen, Lic. en droit (Paris II/ Assas) and Dr. Philipp Krusemarck

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UPC

Second life for the UPC?

2 December 2020
Quick read

by Dr. Anja Lunze, LL.M.

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UPC

EU Commission welcomes a swift ratification of the UPC Agreement by Germany.

6 July 2020
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Patents & innovation
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Patents & innovation

The deadlock on the unified patent convention

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

4 May 2020

by Dr. Anja Lunze, LL.M.

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Patents & innovation

The UPC is dead – German Constitutional Court says the German ratification to the UPC is against the Constitution

20 March 2020
QUICK READ

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

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Life sciences & healthcare

About A Practitioner's Guide to European Patent Law

24 October 2019

by Paul England, DPhil

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Synapse

Synapse - law for life sciences - June 2018

28 June 2018

by multiple authors

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UPC

The scope of protection of patent claims in Europe and the UPC

29 November 2016
Briefing

by Paul England, DPhil

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UPC

Can you afford to litigate in the UPC?

23 September 2015
Briefing

by Dr. Anja Lunze, LL.M. and Dr. Jan Phillip Rektorschek

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UPC

Bifurcation in the Unified Patent Court

16 April 2014

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

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UPC

Judges in the Unified Patent Court

11 February 2014

by Chris Thornham and Roland Küppers, LL.M.

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UPC

Going full circle: Bolar in Europe and the UPC

7 November 2013
Briefing

by multiple authors

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Videos

UPC

Countdown to the UPC - Experts, experiments and confidentiality

2 May 2017

by multiple authors

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UPC

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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Countdown to the UPC - Decisions the UPC can make and how it makes them

28 April 2015

by multiple authors

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UPC

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

9 January 2014

by multiple authors

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