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Unitary Patent & UPC

Now that the Unitary Patent is available and the Unified Patents Court (UPC) is open for business, what does this mean in terms of jurisdiction, in respect of classically validated patents and unitary patents? The possible litigation pathways are illustrated by the diagram below.
The European patent system makes its biggest change in forty years, as the Unified Patent Court Agreement enters into force on 1 June 2023.
In a major landmark on the road towards entry into effect of the Unified Patent Court Agreement, the Sunrise Period opens on 1 March 2023.
With the recent announcement of the delay to the implementation of the UPC Agreement to 1 June 2023, and the start of the “Sunrise Period” to 1 March 2023, the EPO has announced that two transitional measures previously signaled at the start of 2022 will come into force on 1 January 2023.
The roadmap for the UPC has been postponed by two months.
After many years of discussion, preparation, and recent delays, it has finally been announced that the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) will come into effect on 1 April 2023, with the so-called Sunrise Period beginning on 1 January 2023.
With Germany expected to deposit its instrument of ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) in the coming months, it is predicted that the Unitary Patent Package (UPP) may enter into force in late 2022 or early 2023.
The European patent system is shortly to undergo its biggest change in 40 years, with the launch of the Unitary Patent Package (UPP). 
Germany has now ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement after a long delay caused by challenges before the Constitutional Court.
In 2017 the Hungarian Government requested that the Hungarian Constitutional Court provide an opinion as to whether the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) would be compatible with the country’s constitution.
The European patent system is shortly to undergo its biggest change in 40 years, with the launch of the Unitary Patent Package (UPP).
On the 26 April 2018, the UK completed ratification of the UPC Agreement, to set up a court for the enforcement of Unitary Patents across contracting states...
This week’s draft Brexit agreement may help the United Kingdom to stay part of the Unitary Patent Package.
Current Provisions in EPC Territories
The European patent system is shortly to undergo its biggest change in 40 years, with the launch of the Unitary Patent Package (UPP). Here we summarise the new system and the practical implications for businesses.
In 2017 the European patent system is to undergo its biggest change in 40 years, with the launch of the Unitary Patent Package (UPP). Here we summarise the new system and the practical implications for businesses.
The Preparatory Committee working to establish the Unified Patent Court (UPC) that will be a critical part of the new European Unified Patents Package announced this week that it expects the UPC to start operations in December of this year.
The UK government yesterday announced its intention to proceed with preparations for ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement.
The future of the European Unitary Patent Package has been a hot topic in patent circles since the UK referendum resulted in a vote to leave the EU.
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