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Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent

The reforms to the European patent system agreed in December 2012 are the most radical changes to the patent landscape in Europe in a generation.

The new rules are complex, and are likely to bring about fundamental changes to the risk profile of your business operations in Europe.

They usher in the prospect of a single unitary patent covering a market with a GDP of €11.3 trillion ($15 trillion) and a population of 397 million - comparable to the United States of America.

There will also be a single unified patent court to enforce the new unitary patents (as well as traditional European ('bundle') patents granted by the European Patent Office).

The new rules are complex, and are likely to bring about fundamental changes to the risk profile of your business operations in Europe. Getting your patent development and litigation strategy in Europe right is essential to maintain your margins and achieve your strategic objectives.

Eversheds Sutherland is well-placed to help you to do this:

  • We have been following every step of these developments, and have been closely involved in scrutinising and providing feedback on the proposed rules. 
  • Our network of European offices closely matches the locations of the likely local divisions of the new Unified Patent Court, and the seat of the Central division (in Paris, London & Munich). 
  • Our dedicated cross-border team of patent litigation experts has the experience and resources to advise on your patent disputes in Europe under the existing system, and to help you to anticipate and respond to the new system. 
  • And our team of patent attorneys, based in Munich, are close to the European Patent Office, which has a key role in granting and administering the new unitary patents.

We look forward to working with you to ensure that your business is prepared to seize the opportunities of this upcoming revolution, and sidestep the risks.

These pages brings you useful materials and information about the new system. For further information, please get in touch with your usual Eversheds contact or any of our key UPC experts.

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