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The New European Patent System: Unitary Patents & Unified Patent Court

The new Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the Unitary Patent (UP) system are scheduled to kick off on June 1, 2023, with the Sunrise Period for requesting “opt outs” beginning March 1, 2023. In addition to providing an overview of the UPC and the UP system, this presentation included the pros and cons of opting patents out from the exclusive competence of the UPC, as well as possible strategies regarding granted European patent (EP) cases, pending cases, and future filings. We discussed filing and prosecution strategy in Europe and how to leverage the new opportunities given by UPs and the UPC.


Please Note: CLE is only available to those who attended the live webinar on 1/18/2023.

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Pedro F. Suarez is a Mintz Member who focuses on all aspects of patent law. Pedro's work includes intellectual property portfolio development and management, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, freedom to operate and infringement opinions, and patent monetization.
Michael D. Van Loy, PhD, is a Mintz patent attorney and technology protection strategist. Michael works with growing and established companies to create, manage, and improve intellectual property portfolios in the US and abroad. His practice focuses on enforceability and business value.