History of the UPC

A timeline of the new European patent system

Brief chronicles of the key events from the very early days of the Unified Patent Court.

9 July 2021

Complaints in the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht - BVerfG)

23 June 2021

Complaints in the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht - BVerfG)

20 March 2020

Complaints in the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht - BVerfG)

13 February 2020

Complaints in the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht - BVerfG)

5 May 2015
16 April 2013

Actions by Spain and Italy

Against the Council’s authorisation of enhanced cooperation to create the single European patent

CJEU’s judgment in joined cases C-274/11, C-295/11 judgment

CJEU’s press release on judgment 

8 March 2011

Opinion of the CJEU

In response to a request made by the Council

Opinion 1/09 of the CJEU

13 June 1958

The "second Spanish challenge" to the UPC system

CJEU judgment in Meroni Case C-9/56 
(referred to in pleas and arguments in C-146/13 and C-147/13)