Chapter 3: Analysing the reforms: the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the European Patent with Unitary Effect (UP)
The previous chapter established the extent of the fragmentation of the current patent litigation system in Europe, including the issues of inconsistency of decision making across jurisdictions and the costs of parallel litigation. It almost goes without saying that ‘a more efficient and less expensive litigation system is desirable’. For this reason, unifying the patent system has for decades been a goal of the European Union; yet progress towards this goal was slow until finally, on 19 February 2013, 25 members of the European Union signed an intergovernmental agreement (‘the Agreement’) to create a Unified Patent Court (UPC) – a new specialist patents court common to participating states. The UPC Agreement is part of a package of measures designed to establish and enforce unitary patent protection within Europe. The aim of the establishment of the UPC is to offer a more streamlined, less costly and easy-to-use system with the ambition of unifying the European patent system as much as possible. In addition to the UPC Agreement, the new reform measures also include two EU regulations which establish the European Patent with Unitary effect – a.k.a. the Unitary Patent (UP) – and the associated translation arrangements. As explored over the course of this chapter, the application and grant process for the UP will be the same as for the regular European Patents (EPs) – the option for unitary protection across participating EU member states comes post-grant.
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