Unified Patent Court Update: 1 April 2023 Start Date Announced
10 October 2022
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 will enter into force and the Court will open for business. Unitary Patents (UPs) will 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.