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Adapting contractual practices to take into account the UPC and the Unitary Patent (co-ownership, opt out, litigation)

The entry into force of the UPC is an unprecedented change in the patent law landscape in Europe.

This new system brings about changes in almost all areas of patent portfolio management.

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The start of the Sunrise Period postponed by two months

The Sunrise Period of the Unified Patent Jurisdiction was supposed to start on 1 January 2023, with a goal of the jurisdiction becoming operational on 1 April 2023.

In a press release dated 5 December 2022, the Court states that this timetable is postponed by two months. The Sunrise Period will therefore start on 1 March 2023, with the aim of the Court coming into force on 1 June 2023.

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The final rules for the European Patent Litigation Certificate are being adopted on 15th June 2022

Article 48 of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPCA) defines the obligation for parties to be represented before the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

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Record Filings at the European Patent Office in 2021

Despite the pandemic filings of European patent applications increased again. 188 600 patent applications were received by European Patent Office (EPO) in 2021, which is an increase of 4.5% in comparison to the previous year.

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The opt-out and its reversibility

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