- all European patents with unitary effect
- all supplementary protection certificates
- all European patents which have not yet lapsed on the date on which the UPCA enters into force or which are granted after that date
- all European patent applications pending on the date on which the UPCA enters into force or filed after that date.
The UPC will not have jurisdiction for national patents and patents in non-EU member states.
The most important thing to bear in mind is that for you as a patent holder, the UPC will not change much. Especially not in Germany: here, in Europe’s most important court location for patent infringement proceedings, the UPC will be represented four times. Above all, you will benefit from the simplification that the UPC brings. This includes first and foremost the territorial extension of your patents to up to 24 countries, a uniform language in several countries, and the chance to enforce your patents across borders.
If, however, you do not wish to make use of the possibilities offered by the UPC system, you may choose to opt out your traditional European patent.