1 June 2023 marks a significant step forward for patent protection and enforcement in Europe with the commencement of a new unified European patent system comprising:
- A Unitary Patent, providing uniform protection and equal effect across all participating Member States on a one-stop-shop basis.
- A Unified Patent Court (UPC), offering a single, specialised patent court common to all participating Member States.
We previously reported (in 2021 and 2022) on the steps taken towards the establishment of the Unitary Patent and UPC, and the legislative hurdles that needed to be overcome for their operation to commence.
Overview ofContinue Reading A Significant Step Forward: The Unitary Patent System and Unified Patent Court Commence Operation in Participating Member States