Along with the Court itself, a “European patent with unitary effect” (also referred to herein as a “unitary patent”) will be introduced. This will make it possible to obtain uniform patent protection in up to 24 EU member states after a European patent has been granted.
The Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) has been formally called into question a number of times in recent years, stalling the launch of the UPC and the unitary patent. But all signs are now pointing to “go” and the UPC is expected to commence its work by the beginning of 2023 at the latest.
What’s in store for you as an internationally active company, a patent holder, or a patent applicant? What arguments are there for or against applying for a unitary patent? And what costs might you expect? We will give you all the information you need here. Everything you need to know to stay innovative in Europe and to get the most out of your IP rights!