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When to file opt-out applications?

JUB - When to file opt-out applications ?

What does « opt-out » mean?
Opt-out is a request to withdraw a European patent or a published application from the jurisdiction of the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

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Some criteria for choosing between unitary patent and national validations of the european patent

From 1 January 2023, the period for early uptake of the Unitary Patent begins and related official forms are available on the EPO website. The Unitary Patent system is expected to enter into force on 1 June 2023, when the Unified Patent Court (UPC) should also come into operation, heralding a new era for patent protection in Europe.

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Opt out, stay in: how do we proceed in the case of co-ownership?

With the entry into force of the unitary patent, the unified patent court (UPC) and the associated transitional provisions, it will be possible to escape the competence of the UPC for European published applications and patents without unitary effect (OPT OUT), by the filing of a declaration made by the effective Applicant/Patentee, before the start of proceedings.

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What is the “sunrise period”?

The deposit of the Unified Patent Court Agreement ratification instrument by Germany will trigger the Sunrise period and the entry into force of the UPCA (3 months after the start of the Sunrise period).

In anticipation of the opening of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) that is currently planned for  April 1st 2023, it will be possible to opt out existing patents and patent application from the jurisdiction of the UPC.

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Opt-out : actions to be undertaken

As you may know, alongside with the set-up of a patent with unitary effect, a Unified Patent Court (UPC) is being established and will be effective at the end of a “sunrise” period (expected in spring 2023).

By default, this UPC court will also have jurisdiction over all your European patent applications and granted European patents (in force or expired since less than 5 years) and deriving SPCs.

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