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MoreThe Unitary Patent System – nearly ready to go live

06.05.2022

The 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.

MoreUPC - progress towards the start of the unitary patent system

01.02.2022

UPC - progress towards the start of the unitary patent system

The unitary patent system took a step closer to coming into force recently and the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent now look like they could start in either late 2022 or early 2023.

MoreProtecting and rewarding inventions devised by artificial intelligence: UK IPO calls for views

13.12.2021

Protecting and rewarding inventions devised by artificial intelligence: UK IPO calls for views

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has published an open consultation which calls for views on the intellectual property rights of patents and copyright for creative works or inventions that have been created using artificial intelligence (AI).

MoreArtificial Intelligence: Can a machine be an inventor?

29.11.2021

Artificial Intelligence: Can a machine be an inventor?

Can an AI be an inventor of a patent? A series of patent applications around the world are asking that very question...

MoreThe UK and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

09.09.2021

The UK and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

The UK is looking to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a trade agreement among 11 countries around the Pacific rim.

MoreUnified Patent Court Update

19.08.2021

Unified Patent Court Update

Last week, after years of delay caused by challenges in the German Federal Constitutional Court, legislation enabling Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement came into force. German ratification of the UPCA is a required step in setting up the unitary patent system and so this development moves the Unified Patent Court slightly closer to reality.

MoreMark Richardson explains the future challenges of IP in Europe, post-Brexit.

16.12.2020

Mark Richardson explains the future challenges of IP in Europe, post-Brexit.

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