The UPC System


The biggest change in decades in the grant and enforcement of patents in Europe is on its way with the planned introduction of a new European patent system. This new system will create opportunities, as well as risks, so it is vital to fully understand the changes and implications for your Intellectual Property strategy.

The new system will revolve around two new features: the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC). The UP will be a single patent right covering most of the EU as an alternative to conventional European Patents (EPs). The UPC will act as a single litigation forum for disputes involving not only UPs but also EPs.

Although the target date of May 2017 is likely to slip as a result of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, preparations to bring the new system into force are continuing and it is likely that the UP and UPC will still go ahead in the near future despite “Brexit”.  It is even possible that a way may be found to allow the UK to participate in the system after leaving the EU.

Whether or not the UK ultimately takes part in the new system, Dehns will remain fully involved and will continue to be able to represent its clients in all UP and UPC-related matters.  Dehns is already advising its clients on how to adapt their IP strategies and take full commercial advantage of the opportunities provided by the UP system, while also taking into account the risks and potential pitfalls.

As one of the leaders in IP litigation, with an experienced team of fully qualified patent attorneys and litigation experts, Dehns will continue to provide high quality, clear and commercially focused litigation advice on a pan-European basis now, and also once the UPC is open for business.

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Latest UPC News

According to a new announcement on the Unified Patent Court's website, the Preparatory Committee is now working on an assumption that the court will become fully operational in December 2017. Prior to this date there will be a "sunrise...
Breaking News: UK confirms that it WILL ratify the UPC Agreement At a meeting of the EU’s Competitiveness Council today, 28 November, the UK’s Intellectual Property Minister Lady Neville-Rolfe announced that the UK Government intends to ratify...
Brexit delays UPC judicial appointments​ Preparations for entry of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) into force have recently seemed to be proceeding at full speed.  This is despite the fact that the UPC cannot commence operations until the UK...
Questions about the UPC raised in Labour's list of questions regarding Brexit They did not make the top 100. Nevertheless, it was good to see that questions about the Unified Patents Court (UPC) were raised in Labour's list of 170 questions...
UPC Update: Beware the Ides of March... (with apologies to Shakespeare) At the weekend, Prime Minster Theresa May announced in a speech to the Conservative Party conference that the formal procedure for British withdrawal from the EU will be activated...
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