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How do the EPC and UPC interact

To ensure that patentees obtain patent coverage that meets the business’ needs both geographically and economically, it is important to understand how the European Patent (38 EPC countries plus 2 extension and 4 validation states) and the Unitary Patent (only available to EU Member States) will interact.

Initially, Unitary Patents (UPs) will not cover all 24 participating EU Member States as only 17 EU Member States may have ratified the UPC Agreement when it enters into force. Outstanding ratifications are likely to take place successively, so there may be different generations of UPs with different territorial coverage. The coverage of a given generation of UP will stay the same for the entire lifetime, irrespective of any subsequent ratifications of the UPC Agreement after the date of registration of unitary effect.

Select from the list of countries below to understand what the patenting and enforcement options will be once the UPC goes live.

EPC (EU) country has joined UPC
EPC (EU) country intends to join UPC
EPC (EU) country - not joining UPC
EPC (EU) country signed but not ratified UPC
EPC (Non-EU) country - cannot join UPC
EU Member State

*Germany will ratify once preparations are complete and the UPC is ready for launch

**The Irish government has committed to a referendum on ratifying the UPC Agreement before May 2024.

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HGF office closures in December 2022 and January 2023

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Start of the UPC Sunrise Period delayed to 1 March 2023

The UPC sunrise period which was expected to start on 1 January 2023 has now been postponed to 1 March 2023. Consequently, the entry into force of the UPCA and …

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Event - 29th November 2022

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HGF is a silver sponsor of LSPN Europe 2022 on 29th November in London. This event will explore some of the biggest challenges facing the Life Sciences Patent Community right now …

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Oral Proceedings by videoconference (VICO) in oppositions proceedings to become permanent

The pilot project for oral proceedings in opposition proceedings by video conference (VICO) started during the pandemic and has received positive feedback.[1] The President of the EPO has therefore declared …

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Event - 9th December 2022

Health Tech Conference 2022

HGF is a premium sponsor of the pro-manchester Health Tech conference on Friday 9th December. This conference looks at exploring what new and innovative ideas have been developed in the …

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