The unitary patent system represents possibly the biggest change to the European patent landscape in decades.
Set out below are some of the most common questions that patent owners have about the new system and what issues they need to consider.
08.04.2022The EPO continues its pilot programme for video conference oral proceedings - an attorney perspective
The European Patent Office announced on 6 April that it would be extending its pilot project for video conference oral proceedings to 31 December 2022. Given the continuing high COVID case numbers, this is not surprising, and most (though not all!) attorneys and EPO-users will be pleased to see the announcement. We take a look at the experience of video conference proceedings for users of the system.
06.05.2022The Unitary Patent System – nearly ready to go live
The unitary patent system, comprising the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC), is now expected to go live either later this year or early next year. The exact date will be known as soon as Germany deposits its instrument of ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement which will kick start a sunrise period. Following this sunrise period, the UPC will open its doors and it will be possible for a patent owner to obtain a single unitary patent which provides patent protection in at least 17 EU member states.