Lifecycle of a smart idea | Are you prepared for the new unified patent court system in Europe?

57 minute read
28 March 2022

After nearly 50 years, it looks as though we will witness the first big upheaval to the patent system in Europe since the European Patent Convention in the 1970s. After a lot of planning, and even more politics, the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent System are nearly ready and could be in use as early as September.

Weighing the opportunities and risks of a unitary patent system against the current model is undoubtedly important in the lifecycle of a smart idea. Therefore, in the latest instalment in our long-running webinar series, we examine the position of current and future patents in Europe, consider new options, and provide detailed, practical answers to important questions, including:

  • What should I be doing now if I own European patents?
  • What strategies should I adopt to ensure my patents are not at risk in the new system?
  • Should I opt-out and keep my patents outside the new court system?
  • If so, how do I proceed?
  • Should I use the new pan-European designation for new patents?

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This is the 19th installment in our Lifecycle of a Smart Idea series, dedicated to helping you maximise opportunity and minimise risk when taking innovative ideas to the global market. Watch more from the series »

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*This program is eligible for up to one hour of substantive CPD credits with the LSO, the LSBC and the Barreau du Québec. If you require a certificate of participation please contact Shannon Wadsworth.


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