Unitary Patent guide
1st edition, August 2017
The "Unitary Patent Guide" aims to provide companies, inventors and their representatives with an outline of the procedure involved in obtaining a Unitary Patent from the European Patent Office (EPO) once it has granted a European patent on the basis of the provisions laid down in the European Patent Convention (EPC).
The Guide also deals with the accessory procedures relating to Unitary Patents, such as those to be followed under the compensation scheme for translation costs or when registering a statement on licences of right, and gives an overview of the rules on how to pay renewal fees for Unitary Patents.
Available formats and updating
The most up-to-date version of the "Unitary Patent guide" publication is the HTML file, which is optimised for online use.
The PDF file contains the latest printable edition (1st edition, August 2017). This is the best version for off-line browsing, including full-text search functionality.
A printed version of the Guide is not available.