Monday, February 26 2024   \  Published by CIPO.

The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: Unlock the potential of patents in Europe

The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: Unlock the potential of patents in Europe

The world of intellectual property (IP) is constantly evolving and for Canadian entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses into Europe, staying informed about these changes is crucial. In this blog post, we'll dive into the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC), to explore how these developments can impact your business. Are these new systems game-changers for protecting your IP, or could there be hidden complexities to consider? Let's find out.

The changing landscape of European patents

Traditionally, if you wanted patent protection in Europe, you had to apply to individual national patent offices as most countries had their own rules and procedures. It was a cumbersome and expensive process, especially if you aimed to protect your invention in multiple countries. However, in the 1970s, the European Patent Office (EPO) was established, simplifying the process. With a single European patent application, you could pursue protection in various countries. However, there was a catch: it was only the application process that was streamlined; the application would still be examined, granted and subject to the individual national laws and procedures. It was not one single unitary patent. Read more

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