A road map for the final stages of the preparations for the launch of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has just been published.
The key date is 1 April 2023, when the UPC Agreement is currently planned enter into force and the Court is intended to open for business. Unitary Patents (UPs) should also be available from this date.
It is expected that Germany will deposit its instrument of ratification in December 2022, and the sunrise period for opting European patents and patent applications out of the jurisdiction of the UPC in advance will begin on 1 January 2023.
With a firm date to work towards, patent proprietors and applicants will now be stepping up their preparations for the UPC/UP system. More information on the system is available here. If you have any questions on the UPC/UP system please contact us.