The kick off date of the Unified Patent Court unveiled?

The Court has published an implementation roadmap 11 October 2022

The Unified Patent Court Preparatory Committee has published a roadmap indicating that the full operativity of the Court, which should be able to receive and handle cases, will start on April 1st, 2023.

This date would imply that the sunrise period to file applications to opt-out from the unified jurisdiction would start on January 1st, 2023.

The publication from the Court states that the roadmap reflects the current state of the project, and thus might be subject to changes. In fact, the dates indicated are conditioned by the ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement by Germany, which will effectively trigger the start of the sunrise period and of the Court itself.

In any event, it is advisable to get prepared beforehand so as to be ready by the end of 2022.

We will keep you updated on any news on this matter. Meanwhile, we are at your disposal to discuss how to plan and manage patent portfolios in view of the new opportunities arising from this new system, and provide the following resources:

  • an informative guide to the UP/UPC system as a general overview.
  • an exclusive e-mail up@glp.eu to which you can send us all your questions. These will be read by the GLP UP/UPC Team, composed of specialized professionals deeply prepared for this new system and ready to contact you directly.


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