Last week, we
launched a survey on attitudes towards and expectations of the
Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC). The
survey, which is aimed at in-house patent counsel, will be
live until next week (and you can be in with a chance to win an
iPad mini 3 if you complete it) so we are not yet ready to
reveal the results. But some trends are already emerging.
One of the clearest findings so far is that in-house counsel
do not feel there is enough information available on the
planned system, despite the many articles and events addressing
We’re well aware of that challenge, and are
commissioning a year-long series of articles on different
aspects of the Unitary Patent and UPC. In fact, given the
delays in launch and the volume of issues to discuss, the
series is likely to last rather longer than a year.
These are the articles published so far (you will need a
subscription to access them – discounts of up to
30% are available this week):
What we want from the Unitary Patent and UPC –
written by myself and my colleague Emma Barraclough
Creative filing strategies for the Unitary Patent
– by Adrian Tombling of Withers & Rogers and
Andrea Fleuchaus of Fleuchaus & Gallo
The future of forum shopping in Europe – by Mark
Ridgway and Annsley Merelle Ward of Allen & Overy
The Unitary Patent for non-litigators – by Michael
Carter, Nick Smee, Luke Kempton and Nick Cunningham of Wragge
Don’t be afraid of bifurcation – by
Gottfried Schüll and Arwed Burrichter of Cohausz &
Rules that reflect different traditions (a response to the
article above) – by Adam Cooke of DLA Piper
Other pieces we have commissioned for this series include
articles on the impact for the life sciences industries, on
specific issues for non-European companies and on the factors
to consider when deciding whether to opt-out.
If there are more topics you would like to see covered, or
you would like to contribute to this series, please
email me with details.
Readers interested in the Unitary Patent and UPC might also
be interested in the following links:
Unitary Patent and UPC resources – a guide and
Where will the UPC be based? – an updated map.
You can see all our extensive coverage, including news,
analysis and interviews, at
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on Managing IP subscriptions: register your interest here.