The new Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC),
the biggest change in European patent law in 40 years.
What the UPC means for business
The long-awaited new system will allow companies, research institutions, and individuals to obtain a unitary patent with immediate and uniform effect in 25 EU Member States, as well as access to infringement and validity proceedings before the new UPC. This vast project is rapidly taking shape through the efforts of various collaborating working groups and is aimed to be implemented and ready for use in 2014.
Since the new system will add another option with far-reaching consequences to the already available national, European and international patent application routes, strategic and enforcement-aware applicants will need to develop a patent strategy that involves a choice between the new unitary patent, a traditional European patent and the various national patents, or sometimes even combinations of these.
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