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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...


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Another highlight of #ip2014 = launch of #ipwomen network http://t.co/XhQqPJKQzy Pleased to see IP profession addressing diversity!

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Apple & Samsung settled (outside US) as did Google & Viacom. Did 2014 see mediation take off? ($) http://t.co/tWLQ72pqcI #ip2014

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It was a big year for trade-marks/trademarks in Canada, but 2015 might be bigger. Here's why #ip2014 http://t.co/glOnyFwr3T

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