Ratification by Germany is expected in summer 2022. The UPC Agreement comes into force on the first day of the fourth month after ratification by Germany. Once the Court is ready to open for business, the first European patents with unitary effect can be granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) without further delay. Please follow the materials posted here for continuous updates.
Our lawyers in Germany and (under the recently published rules) our experienced European Patent Attorneys in UK and Germany are able to act before the new court. Thus we have over 25 team members able to act before the new court and able to bring all their litigation and patent opposition experience to bear across any technology in which our clients may litigate or face litigation.
22 March 2022
21 January 2022