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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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2020年5月4日

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

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About A Practitioner's Guide to European Patent Law

2019年10月24日

作者 Paul England, DPhil

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2018年6月1日

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

2018年5月2日

作者 Paul England, DPhil

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Inventive step in Europe and the UPC

2018年1月8日

作者 Paul England, DPhil

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

2017年3月4日

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Strategic considerations - why opt-out or why not?

2015年1月4日

作者 Dr. Anja Lunze, LL.M.

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Countdown to the UPC - Experts, experiments and confidentiality

2017年5月2日

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

2016年7月9日

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

2016年1月4日

作者 Paul England, DPhil 以及 Verena Bertram

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

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

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