4 April 2023

Inside IP Spring Summer 2023 – Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court Special Edition

Venner Shipley’s Intellectual Property Magazine Special Edition featuring UP and UPC. 

A word from the editors: Peter Thorniley and Jan Walaski

For this special edition, our partners and patent attorneys Peter Thorniley and Jan Walaski join our Editorial Team to provide their unique specialism in all things Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court.

As a concept, a single pan-European patent and a single court for litigation of European patents has been under discussion, in one form or another, for 50 years. If you are operating in Europe and the protection and exploitation of IP is an important concern, it is crucial to understand what the impact of this new Unitary Patent (UP) system will involve, and we are therefore dedicating a whole Inside IP edition to the new system, which will come into effect on 1 June 2023.

The UP (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 small and medium-sized enterprises, and (with the Unified Patent Court (UPC)) to facilitate enforcement of patents. Patent litigation in Europe is also changing and Venner Shipley’s unique combination of skills and experience will provide clients with the support they need to effectively navigate a complex environment, blending both the existing practices at the European Patent Office and national courts, with the new UPC. With European patent attorneys across the United Kingdom and Germany and a core team of disputes specialists in London, we are a natural choice to support litigation strategy across Europe, both now and in the future.

If you have any further questions, or would just like to discuss more about the UP system, or anything else IP-related, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are, together with our colleagues across the UK and Germany, looking forward to seeing you soon and we are, as always, only an email or call away.

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