Today, getting patent protection in Europe involves filing a European application. Once this is granted, you can go on to validate your patent in certain other countries. But that’s about to change.
The new Unitary Patent will cover 26 European Union members – removing the need for post-grant validation. Although still in the final stages of development, it has the potential to change patent filing strategies significantly. So, naturally, we’re following updates closely.
Alongside the Unitary Patent, details of the Unified Patent Court (UPCA) are also being finalised. This will allow rights-holders to take Europe-wide action via a single legal body. And all Abel & Imray patent attorneys will be able to represent clients before this new court.
A delay in the ratification of the UPC Agreement by Germany is currently delaying entry into force of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. We will, of course, keep our clients informed as developments take place.
Contact Matthew Critten – or your usual Abel & Imray attorney – for more information. Alternatively, read our Guidance Booklet: Guide To The Unitary Patent And Unified Patent Court April 2016.
If you are interested in the status of the unified patent court in relation to Brexit, follow our discussions on the impact of Brexit on intellectual property.