Unitary patent

A milestone for the Unitary Patent


The United Kingdom has announced its intention to ratify the Unified Patent Court agreement. This is the exciting news recently given by UK Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, and it has been met with positive responses by the European Commission, the other Member States and the user community. I strongly welcome this development as […]

The future of the Unitary Patent package


Last week I spoke at a major conference hosted by the EPO in our Munich headquarters, convened to discuss the state of implementation of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court. Bringing together more than 200 participants from all over Europe, among them representatives of government authorities, business and academia as well as lawyers […]

Italy on course for unitary patent and Unified Patent Court


A few days ago I was in Rome to meet with Simona Vicari, Italy’s Under Secretary of State to the Ministry of Economic Development. I was there to discuss the unitary patent following the Italian government’s decision in July to request officially participation in the scheme. The country’s accession is in the process of being […]

Unitary patent – An attractive option for the renewal fees


Since March 2013, the Select Committee of EPO Administrative Council, composed of 25 EU Member States, has been tasked to adopt the necessary measures for the implementation of the Unitary patent protection whose management has been entrusted to the EPO. One of the essential tasks falling under the Committee’s remit has been to agree the […]

Italy considers joining the unitary patent


Soon after the Court of Justice of the European Union dismissed  legal challenges against two regulations forming part of the unitary patent package on 5 May, I welcomed the decisions as further justification for pressing ahead with preparations for implementing those regulations. The Court’s findings represent another cleared hurdle in a process whose goal is clear: […]

Renewed impetus for UPP following ECJ decisions


Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union dismissed legal challenges against the Unitary Patent Package. The two Regulations creating the new Unitary Patent and laying down its language regime are not in conflict with European Union law. That is the clear and decisive ruling from the Court of Justice. It confirms the […]

IP celebrations in Prague


After the summer break, I am particularly glad to start with a blog reporting on the celebrations for the 95th anniversary of Czech Industrial Property Office which took place last week in Prague in the presence of many personalities, including the Vice-Prime Minister, the Minister for Industry and Trade, the Heads of WIPO, OHIM and […]

An extended mandate – confirming the way forward


When I started my term as EPO President on 1 July 2010, I found a situation of stark contrasts. The Office had evolved successfully over the previous decades as a recognised technical institution, yet in some strategic areas it was facing a crisis of maturity. While some IT tools and services, such as EPOQUE and […]

First UPC element already in place in Budapest


Last week in Budapest, I had the pleasure of taking part in the opening of the newly established Training Centre for judges of the Unified Patent Court. This is the first concrete embodiment of the UPC project, which comprises three elements: the Court, the training service and the arbitration and mediation centre. The Hungarian authorities […]

Unified Patent Court (UPC) ratification moving forward


In recent weeks, the ratification of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court has received a fresh impetus, with the completion by Malta (on 21 January) and France (on 13 February) of the relevant parliamentary procedures, following the example set by Austria in August of last year. Preparations for ratification are also well under way […]