On June 1st, 2023 the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will open its doors and the new European patent with unitary effect (Unitary patent) will be created.
This is a major change in the European patent landscape.
Decisions have to be taken taken now by patent owners, since early requests for unitary patent protection can be already lodged with the EPO.
Furthermore, the sunrise period has started on March 1st, 2023. Patent proprietors can opt out their European patents from the exclusive competence of the new Court before its opening.
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