Mon 20th Feb 2023
All systems go for the Unitary Patent from 1 June 2023
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The Unitary Patent is now ready to enter into operation on 1 June 2023, after the German government deposited its instrument of ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) with the Council of the European Union on the 17 February 2023.
The Unitary Patent Package will become effective for 17 participating EU states, with more countries expected to join in the future.
Welcoming the news, EPO President António Campinos said, "Under the Unitary Patent system, European businesses will be able to benefit from broader and more effective patent protection at lower costs, which is particularly important for smaller entities.” And “It establishes a uniform technology market facilitating transactions across a big economic region."
Since the European Patent Office launched its transitional measures on 1 January to encourage an early uptake of the new system, more than 2,200 requests for unitary effect and/or for delay of grant have been filed.
Click here to see the full press release from the EPO.
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