Unified Patent Court - Bristows

Should the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and unitary patent system go ahead, it would represent the most important change ever seen in the European patent landscape. At Bristows, we have been closely involved in the project since its inception, gaining insights from participation in groups advising and lobbying on the issue, and advising clients on how to prepare for the new regime. We have followed developments and provided updates and commentary on this site for a number of years.

The UPC is now facing new challenges and many questions remain about how and when the system will get started. As we continue to follow events as they unfold, we anticipate that we will be updating much of the content on these pages to reflect the next stage of the project.

For now, we will continue to provide the most up-to-date news and insights and we thank you for reading.

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Germany and Slovenia ratify UPC Agreement’s Protocol on Provisional Application

28 September 2021

Gregory Bacon

The German Federal Government yesterday deposited Germany’s instrument of ratification of the Protocol on the Provisional Application (PPA) of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). The deposit with the General...

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Preparatory Committee estimates UPC may open around mid-2022

19 August 2021

Gregory Bacon

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Preparatory Committee published news yesterday on its estimated timeline for the UPC. This follows the coming into force of the German legislation enabling Germany to...

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