UPC: Background & Overview

After two unsuccessful attempts to create a “Community Patent” in 1973 and 1989, the European Commission finally tabled the unitary patent proposal in 2011. (See European Parliament website for more information).

The system was supposed to be operational during the first semester of 2017, but due to the importance of the UK in the system, the “Brexit” referendum in June 2016 delayed its entry into force. Stakeholders now wish that it takes place before the end of 2017.  

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European Patent Convention

Link to the European Patent Convention

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Unified Patent Court Website

Unified Patent Court Website

 

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Draft Rules on the European Patent Litigation Certificate

Draft Rules on the European Patent Litigation Certificate

English  Explanatory Memorandum

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Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application

Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application: allows part of the UPC Agreement to be applied early

English

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