Senior IP Counsel at a global manufacturing company

1. What do you know about the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court?
Have you started preparing? If yes, in what way? If no, what actions or decisions do you think it will take for your company to start preparing?

Answer: Yes, our company has a committee looking into the transition to unitary patent and UPC.

2. What are your thoughts regarding the Unitary Patent?
Are you planning on requesting UP and if so for all or only some of your patents?

Answer: A decision will be made in a case-by-case basis for new applications.

3. Do you think you will stay within the competence of the UPC for already granted European patents and currently pending application? Or will you request opt out?
If you decide to opt out, will that be for all or only for some of the granted patents?

Answer: In this case also a decision will be made in a case-by-case for each patent.

4. What are your thoughts on the new Court?
Will the court face any special challenges within your specific technical field?

Answer: Unknown at this point.

Is the fact that it will be a fast acting Court an advantage or disadvantage to your company?

Answer: An advantage. Certainty either way is a plus.

If you have a choice of venue for an infringement action, where do you think you will most likely file a claim – at a local, regional or central division?

Answer: Unknown at this point.