Germany Delaying Unitary Patent

July 7, 2017

Contrary to the expectations of many, it suddenly seems like Germany is the final country delaying the ratification process of the Unitary Patent. A German court is to decide whether the law system behind the Unitary Patent is constitutional.

Webinar Unitary Patent

July 1, 2017

The European Patent Office regularly posts updates and background articles on all matters regarding the Unitary Patent, including webinars.

EPO pushes start date UP to 2018

June 19, 2017

The European Patent Office has again pushed back the starts date of the Unitary Patents System. It is now expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2018.

What does ratification mean for territorial coverage UP?

June 17, 2017

Even though 25 out of 28 EU member states signed for participation in the Unitary Patent system in 2013, the ratification process is a much more gradual matter. The individual, successive ratification of countries has important consequences for the territorial coverage of the UP.

Ratification Italy

June 1, 2017

Despite initial hesitation, Italy is the latest country to ratify the Unitary Patent treaty. This brings the total amount of countries that have ratified to 12.

The Unitary Patent: A Background

May 19, 2017

Since 2010 Europe has been working hard on one of the largest changes in European patent law of the past decennia, the introduction of the unitary patent.