Unitary Patent & Unified Patent Court
A better patent system for Europe
The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court are the building blocks which supplement and strengthen the existing centralised European patent granting system. They offer users a cost-effective option for patent protection and dispute settlement across Europe.
Unitary Patents make it possible to get patent protection in 17 EU Member States by submitting a single request to the EPO, making the procedure simpler and more cost effective for applicants.
- Online filing
- Unitary Patent Guide
- National measures relating to the Unitary Patent
- Select Committee documents
- Learn more about Unitary Patents
- Unitary Patent information in patent knowledge
When did it start?
The new system started on 1 June 2023.
Unified Patent Court
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is an international court set up by participating EU Member States to deal with the infringement and validity of both Unitary Patents and European patents, putting an end to costly parallel litigation and enhancing legal certainty.
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Events & training
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European Patent Office hosts special event celebrating launch of Unitary Patent system
Europe embarks on a new era of patent protection
Bundled information on the Unitary Patent
EPO and European Commission sign agreement on Unitary Patent
The Unitary Patent is to become a reality
First training for all UPC appointed judges
Unitary Patent: Forms for requesting transitional measures now available
Starting date of EPO transitional measures remains 1 January 2023
Raising the curtain on the Unitary Patent system
EPO sets start of transitional measures to 1 January 2023
The Unitary Patent system: A game-changer for innovation in Europe
UPC has decided on its judges
National measures relating to the Unitary Patent
EPO met UPC governing bodies’ representatives
Updated version of the Unitary Patent Guide available
Unitary Patent secondary legislation
UPC holds Administrative Committee meeting
Final preparations for the start of the Unitary Patent
Provisional application of the UPCA to start
Austria finalises parliamentary ratification procedure concerning the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application
German Court decision paves the way for implementation of Unitary Patent and UPC