InternationalUSRemember you can easily switch between MIP US and MIP International at any time

How the new unitary patent will work

Emma Barraclough, London


  • EU patent looks almost certain
  • Patents could be filed from spring 2014
  • Cheaper, simpler system for patentees

A vote by MEPs in December in favour of the unitary patent means that IP owners planning their patent filing strategies could soon have a new way of protecting their rights in Europe.

At the moment, inventors in Europe can use two routes: they can file directly with national patent offices or they can apply for a European patent, submitting a single patent application to the European Patent Office and nominating the countries where they would like protection. Once granted, a European patent must be enforced separately in each country in which it is registered.

From 2014, IP owners could have a new option open to them: the unitary patent.

The timetable depends on the unified patent court agreement being ratified by 13 member states (including France, Germany and the UK) later this...


Please log in to read the rest of this article.

New to Managing Intellectual Property? Take advantage of one week’s FREE access and become a Managing IP member today. It’s free to join and the benefits start straight away.

Already registered?

Please make sure you log in to read the rest of the article.

Log in

Join us now

Gain 7 days FREE access when you register now.

Join here

profile

Managing IP

ManagingIP

ManagingIP profile

Has anyone tested the #UPC case management prototype yet? http://t.co/mnR3ZzpIZM We'd like to hear what you think! http://t.co/CaTKG6MoRW

Oct 21 2014 04:08 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

Richemont wins landmark blocking order against ISPs over trademark-infringing websites ($) http://t.co/6l8RPEiCE5 http://t.co/vLYDJF23M3

Oct 21 2014 03:48 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

Who's attending #AIPLAAM14 in Washington DC? Come and meet @mdloney & Bobby Dohil in the Exhibit Hall booth #9 http://t.co/Hxy7gTZBsx

Oct 21 2014 03:37 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
More from the Managing IP blog


AIPPI Congress News 2014

Read this year's AIPPI Congress News - published daily by Managing IP direct from the AIPPI Annual Meeting in Toronto
null null null

October 2014

What we want from the Unitary Patent and UPC

The EU Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court are set to launch within the next 18 months. In the first article of a year-long series, Emma Barraclough and James Nurton gauge the expectations and concerns of in-house counsel



Most read articles

Supplements