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Opting Out of the EU's new Unified Patent Court

Opting Out of the EU's new Unified Patent Court

February 23, 2023 at 1:26 PM - Unitary Patent system,

The process for obtaining and enforcing patents in the European Union (EU) is about to change with the introduction of the new Unitary Patent system, of which the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) are core components. Although designed to streamline current inefficiencies inherent in the European patent system, one feature of the new system is giving pause to European patent (EP) owners. Specifically, by participating in the new UPC, existing EPs may become subject to its jurisdiction, resulting in the possibility of a single revocation action across all participating EU countries. Fortunately, a process for opting out from UPC jurisdiction is available.  

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