The launch of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the Unitary Patent (UP) is undoubtedly the most significant development in European patent law and practice since the introduction of the European Patent Convention in 1977.

The aim of the UP and UPC system is to improve access to the patent system in Europe, by reducing the cost and complexity of obtaining and enforcing patent protection in the participating EU member states.

The UP is an extension of the existing European patent system, which offers applicants a new option to validate a granted European patent as a single unitary patent right that is effective in all EU member states that participate in the new system.

The UPC is  a forum for hearing infringement and validity disputes relating to UPs and classical European patents, with the power to deliver judgements that are effective in all of the participating EU member states.

With expert European Patent Attorneys in every major technical discipline and an in-house litigation team including Patent Attorney Litigators who are  able to represent clients at the UPC, HLK is uniquely placed to help our clients to navigate the complexities of the new system, from formulating effective IP strategies that make best use of the opportunities presented by the new system to developing creative approaches to dispute resolution to secure the most favourable outcomes.

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