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.

Latest news

UPC Preparatory Committee confirms provisional application period has started

19 January 2022

Gregory Bacon

Following Austria’s deposit of its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on the Provisional Application (PPA) of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) (reported here), the UPC Preparatory Committee has...

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Final hurdle cleared for UPC preparations to start

19 January 2022

Myles Jelf

It appears that yesterday, as recorded here, Austria finally deposited with the Council of the EU its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on the Provisional Application (PPA) of the...

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