The unitary patent is the first piece of the EU patent package. It will be established by two Regulations which entered into force on 20 January 2013 and which will be applicable from the date of the entry into force of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court. The UP will be obtainable via a conventional European patent application at the EPO, which at grant will offer the option to gain a ‘European patent with unitary effect’ covering certain EU states, in addition to the present EP bundle of national validations. Find out more.
The European Union has worked for several years on the establishment of a common patent court which will be created on the basis of an international treaty. The UPC Agreement – which is the second piece of the EU patent package – was signed on 19 February 2013 and will enter into force four months after 13 states (including France, Germany and the United Kingdom) have completed the ratification process.
As of 10 February 2017, 12 states including France have ratified, and UK and Germany are planning to ratify in 2017. Find out more.