The unitary patent package was endorsed by the European Parliament and the Council in December 2012 and the agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC), which is expected to be ratified by Member Sates this year, ought to come into force by 2014. It is therefore crucial for legal practitioners and patent attorneys to prepare themselves for the unitary system of protection for patents in the EU.
Work of the “Preparatory Committee”
Rules of Procedure under preparation
Transitional period with opt-out
The CJEU's ruling of 16 April 2013 on enhanced cooperation (C-274/11 and C-295/11)
Alignment with the Brussels I Regulation
Practical recommendations on best tactics
What territorial scope of protection to choose for a patent?