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The Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent

Navigating the new EU patent system


UPC Preparatory Committee holds final meeting at which it signals its readiness to move to Provisional Application Phase and Germany passes bills necessary to ratify the UPC Agreement

21 March 2017

The UPC Preparatory Committee held its final meeting on 15 March at which it agreed a final collection of legal, HR and financial documents and confirmed that the provisional application period could commence once the final Signatory States had acceded to the Protocol on Provisional Application.  The Committee was confident this would be met in time to allow provisional application to commence at the end of May 2017 in order to allow for all the practical preparations to be made for a 1 December 2017 start for the UPC. 

For more information and comment on what patentees and licensees should be doing now, see our e-bulletin of 22 March here.

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the Unitary Patent (UP)

Now the UK has announced it will ratify the UPC Agreement (despite Brexit plans), December 2017 looks to be a likely start date for the UPC and unitary patent. Patentees urgently need to develop a UPC litigation and opt-out strategy.

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