The Unitary Patent System, which is expected to be launched in early 2023, represents the biggest change to patent protection in Europe since the signing of the EPC in the 1970s. The introduction of the Unitary Patent will be accompanied by the introduction of a new Unified Patent Court.
The Unitary Patent (sometimes referred to as a European patent with unitary effect) potentially offers cost and administrative savings for applicants wishing to obtain patent protection across the participating states. It is designed to be an additional option for innovators, to promote the use of the patent system, particularly among SMEs, and (with the Unified Patent Court) to facilitate enforcement of patents. Read more