The unitary patent is approaching; not as fast as originally promised by the EU Commission, but several obstacles have meanwhile been removed. Thus, the end of 2014 appeared as the right moment to update the brochure “Unitary patent and Unified Patent Court”.

The update mainly concerns the preparations for the date on which the unitary patent package will become applicable. This work is primarily done in the Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court and in the Select Committee of the European Patent Organisation. At the national level, the efforts to ratify the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court have only brought slow progress about for the time being.