UPC and opt-out : definition, advantages and drawbacks

The present system of European (EP) patents granted by the European Patent Office, has the drawback that the same patent, validated in several states, may lead to several parallel disputes in these jurisdictions.

The Unified Patent package creates a unitary effect for European patents encompassing the states that have ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA – to be found here). That is to say, an EP patent with unitary effect will have the same effects in all the states that ratified the UPCA and where said patent has been validated.

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How to select the European Patent with the unitary effect (Unitary Patent)

Unitary Patent a unique protection for 17 states in Europe

With the recent ratification of Austria, the European Patent with unitary effect (“Unitary Patent”) will be introduced soon.

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Entry into force of the Protocol on provisional application of the UPC agreement (PAP)

The European Council has just indicated on its website (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/documents-publications/treaties-agreements/agreement/?id=2015056) that the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application (also called PAP) has entered into force yesterday, January 19, 2022.

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Austrian parliament choses to ratify the pap-protocol

Yesterday, December 2nd, 2021, the Austrian Bundesrat (second chamber of the Austrian Parliament) approved unanimously the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application (the PAP-Protocol) of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA).

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The Protocol on the Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement

The Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application (the PAP-Protocol) was initially signed on 1st October 2015 to establish a Phase of Provisional Application (PAP)  to ensure « a smooth transition into the operational phase and ensure the proper functioning of the Unified Patent Court before the entry into force of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court ».

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