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UPC and Unitary Patent

Uniform patent protection for Europe

The EU member states (excluding Spain, Poland and Croatia) have decided to create unified patent protection for Europe in addition to national patent protection. The new system comprises

  • a European patent with unitary effect, the so-called Unitary Patent and 
  • a Unified Patent Court / UPC.

The Unitary Patent will offer uniform protection for inventors in 24 EU member states. There will be a special new procedural law to allow the UPC to decide litigation involving the new Unitary Patent (UP) and the conventional European Patent (EP).

The Unitary Patent and the UPC will probably be ready to go into operation from the beginning of 2022.

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