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EU Official Documents

Below you will find lists and links to the European Union treaties, laws and rules that will empower the European Patent Office (EPO) to grant Unitary Patents, and will create and govern the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Please do not hesitate to contact anyone on our Unitary Patent Team for help understanding any of these documents or their contents.

Unitary Patent Documents

  • EU Regulation 1257/12 of Dec. 17, 2012 governs the grant and post-grant management of European patents with unitary effect (Unitary Patents). The final version, published in the EU Official Journal on January 20, 2013 is here.
  • The Rules relating to Unitary Patent Protection (OJ EPO 2016, A39) (procedures to be carried out by the EPO).
  • The Rules relating to Fees for Unitary Patent Protection (OJ EPO 2016, A40)
  • Budgetary and Financial Rules (OJ EPO 2016, A41) (provisions applicable to managing the income and costs related to Unitary Patents).
  • EPO Unitary Patent Guide. (See here).

For further details on fees, see our Costs page here.

A link to the EPO’s Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court page is here.

 

Unified Patent Court (UPC) Documents

 

The following proposed rules and code have been drafted by the Preparatory Committee and recommended for adoption by the Administrative Committee of the UPC during the Provisional Application Period, prior to opening of the court:

 

UPCA Ratification Status – Official Sites:

Updated December 1, 2017.