The most significant change to European patent law in the past 50 years came into effect in June 2023. The long-awaited Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent (UP) will significantly change the European patent landscape and should be at the top of your IP strategy agenda.

Which countries are impacted?

The UPC and UP impact all UP/UPC Member States to varying degrees. They are in full effect in the 17 EU Member States that have both signed and ratified the UPC agreement. There are seven more EU Member States that have signed the agreement but have yet to ratify it. So far, Spain, Poland and Croatia do not participate. Other countries in the European patent landscape such as 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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