How can I apply for a UP?
It is not yet possible to obtain a UP
Certain legal steps need to be completed by each of the participating Member States first before the UP system is in place. Technically, applicants will not "apply" for a UP; rather, when the UP system is in place, applicants will follow the same application, search and examination procedure at the EPO as current EPs. Once there is a decision to grant a patent, applicants will be able to select a UP and/or classic EP.
The most likely start date for the system is during 2017 .