Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: coming soon!
After many hurdles (see our previous posts from May and December 2020, from July 2021), the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application (UPCA) entered into force on 19 January 2022 further to its ratification by Austria before the European Council.
The final preparations for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will hence start to allow the entry into operation of the Unitary Patent (UP).
During the period of provisional application, to be expected to take eight months, the Preparatory Committee will appoint the judges and finalize the implementation of infrastructures and the Rules of Procedure.
At the end of this period, the ratification by Germany of the UPCA will allow the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court system to finally enter into force within 3 to 4 months.
The UP /UPC package could then go live by the end of the year.
We will be happy to provide any additional information in this regard.