Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court
The Unitary Patent is a work that has been ongoing for decades and if finally becoming a reality, it will affect all IP owners.
On 26 April 2018, it was announced that the United Kingdom ratified the UPC agreement. This brings the court another step closer to becoming a reality. The UPC would be welcome news to many of our clients, since it will bring major advantages both in terms of cost savings when applying for patents in Europe and during any subsequent litigation.
In order for the UPC to come in to force, France, Germany and UK have to ratify the UPC agreement together with 10 other countries. At this point, 16 countries have ratified, including France and UK.
Germany has not ratified yet, despite significant progress in early 2017.
It is important to incorporate the new system into the existing IP strategy and to take different future scenarios into account. At AWA, we are up to speed with the new system and we follow the latest development carefully. Our patent attorneys and attorneys at law are able to support you in all matters related to the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court. We will help you to map the alternatives and make the right strategic decisions.