BMJ / Shutterstock.com
The Unified Patent Court is an essential component for the establishment of a unified European patent system. Andreas Zachcial and Philipp Lilie discuss its current state.
Early last year, the patent world sat up and took notice when the Unitary Patent regulations formally came into force. The intention was to create a patent that would guarantee supra-national protection for an invention in 25 countries across Europe. However, at the moment, applicants are still waiting in vain for the chance to obtain such a Unitary Patent.
The reason for this lack of availability is that the regulations on the Unitary Patent will not apply until the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has become operational. That court is essential for the unification of the European patent system and, as part of the judicial system of each of the 25 member states, it will become an institution unique to the field of patents.
"When it comes to operating and shaping the court and its reputation, the judges of the new court will have the most impact on the hoped-for success."
To continue reading, you need a subscription to WIPR. Start a subscription to WIPR for £455.
In-house feature articles, the archive and expert comment require a paid subscription. Subscribe now.
Want to give it a try? We are offering a two week free trial to the WIPR website – register and select “Free Trial” to begin access to the full WIPR archive and read the latest news, features and expert comment. Begin your free trial here.
Is your 2 week free trial about to end? Upgrade to a 12 month subscription for £455 now.
If you have already subscribed please login.
If you have any technical issues please email James Lynn on firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPC, patent applications, European Patent Convention