Thursday, January 26 2023   \  Published by Clarke Modet .

Starting date of transitional measures of EPO for early uptake of the Unitary Patent

Starting date of transitional measures of EPO for early uptake of the Unitary Patent

On 5 December 2022, the Unified Patent Court announced the postponement of the ‘sunrise period’ to March 1, 2023, and the entry into force of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) to June 1, 2023.

Despite this delay, the two (2) transitional measures offered by the EPO to support users in an early uptake of the Unitary Patent are available since January 1, 2023. In this sense, for European patent applications for which a communication under Rule 71(3) EPC has been despatched, it is possible to file i) an early request for unitary effect or ii) a request for a delay in issuing the decision to grant a European patent. Read more

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