The most significant change to European patent law in the past 50 years is coming. The long-awaited Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent (UP) are expected to enter into force on April 1, 2023, with the sunrise period beginning on January 1, 2023. This new system will significantly change the European patent landscape and should be at the top of your IP strategy agenda.

Which countries will be concerned?

The UPC and UP will concern all UP/UPC Member States; that is, up to 24 EU Member States that have signed and ratified the UPC agreement. (So far, Spain, Poland and Croatia will not participate, and the UK, Norway and Switzerland cannot participate as they are not EU Member States.)

Current geographical overview of the Member States participation status

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