During this morning's session (October 4, 2022) of the Patent Knowledge Week, an annual event that aims to help all innovation professionals in matters associated with patents, the European Patent Office (EPO) brought new information about the entry into force of the Unitary Patent System. It is expected to start in April 2023, the same year that the European Patent Convention (EPC) celebrates 50 years.
The Unitary Patent System is intrinsically linked to the creation of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the ratification of the UPC Agreement by Germany, the final condition for the UP system to start its activities, is expected to occur at the end of December 2022. After the ratification, a transitional period of 3 months (Sunrise period) will allow applicants to file early requests for unitary effect, as well as requests for a delay in the issuing of the decision to grant a European patent. Read more