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.
Camille Pecnard and Damien Colombié co-authored an article on the UPC and the unitary patent published this week in the Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires (LJA).
They discuss the impacts on IP rights and the points to identify in order to anticipate the strategy to adopt.
To read the full article from the Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires, click here.
European validation module (unitary effect patent) is now available
EasyPatent now offers a module dedicated to European validations
Dedicated to foreign patent extensions, phase commitments and validations, EasyPatent gives you access to an immediate estimate of the cost of the operation directly via IP DATA².
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.