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European Unified Patent Court – postponement

Date: 5 December 2022

The entry into force of the UPCA has been postponed by two months, to 1 June 2023, as announced by the UPC today.


This is because of technical problems accessing the Case Management System using the required authentication. 


As a result, the sunrise period for the UPC (for opt outs) is also postponed by two months, to 1 March 2023. 


Requests to delay grant and early requests for unitary effect can be filed at the EPO from 1 January 2023. We do not expect this to be postponed. 


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Adjustment of the timeline


Supporting users in an early uptake of the Unitary Patent