10 months into the new system: How the Unitary Patent has changed the European patent prosecution landscape. And: opt-out – is it still advisable?

IP Experts LIVE: Webinar for IP Professionals

IP Experts LIVE is a webinar series by BARDEHLE PAGENBERG (see our program PDF).

Our experts will provide you with insights on selected aspects of German and European IP law with a focus on practical and strategic guidance. At the end of each seminar, there will be a Q & A session.

What is it about?

The European Unitary Patent has been available since June 1, 2023. This new option allows applicants to validate their European patents in a larger number of jurisdictions at a relatively low cost. Ten months after its launch, we look at who is using it and who believes that the old bundle patent is still the better choice for them.

Another decision that applicants and patentees face since June 1, 2023, is whether to opt their European patents out of the jurisdiction of the new Unified Patent Court (UPC). With the first available decisions suggesting that the UPC will be a plaintiff-friendly forum, is it time to reconsider the strategy of opt-outs for the entire portfolio that many companies have adopted?

When the Unitary Patent and Opt-Out will have been available for ten months, our attorneys Tobias Kaufmann and Christof Karl will review relevant strategic considerations, including the following aspects:

  • Usage of the Unitary Patent in different industries
  • Cross check: do the usage patterns make sense from a cost/benefit perspective?
  • Opt-Out: not always the safer bet for the crown jewels in your portfolio?

Are you interested to find out in which situations the Unitary Patent would be the better choice for your company or your client? Do you need to decide whether opt-outs for newly granted EP bundle patents are still advisable?
Register now for this webinar to find answers.

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