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

Read the highlights from #INTA16 https://t.co/WFLKa2ZXZA View all five issues of the INTA Daily News! https://t.co/DPSngx8dWf

May 27 2016 02:56 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

INTA's annual meeting is in Barcelona next year! We spoke to its co-chairs https://t.co/p7aXG4yFg7 #INTA16 https://t.co/0KI7kGrulL

May 25 2016 08:01 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
ManagingIP profile

Assertive anticounterfeiting in Africa and Asia https://t.co/9hesZvNeak #INTA16

May 25 2016 07:30 ·  reply ·  retweet ·  favourite
More from the Managing IP blog


Read this year's INTA Daily News - published daily by Managing IP direct from the INTA Annual Meeting in Orlando


null null null
null null

May 2016

North America awards: details and photos of the winners

Celebrating outstanding work in IP in the United States and Canada at our annual dinner in Washington DC



Most read articles

Supplements