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Fish Resources

Fish & Richardson attorneys have made several presentations and have written several articles and Fish Alerts on the EU Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court, which discuss some of the considerations in planning for these changes in obtaining and enforcing patents in Europe.

During 2014-17, we have concentrated on updating these webpages. In addition:

June 14, 2017 – Fish Patent Blog “Three Developments Delay UPC Agreement & Unitary Patent,” Author: John B. Pegram

February 28, 2017 – JBP authored “UK and UPC: a test of compatibility,” World Intellectual Property Review, February 2017.

January 17, 2017Legal Alert: European Unified Patent Court & Unitary Patent to Open in 2017 

November 30, 2016 – JBP quoted in “Greener pastures for US patents,” World Intellectual Property Review, November 2016.

November 29, 2016 – Fish Patent Blog “United Kingdom Announces Intent to Ratify UPC Agreement,” Author: John B. Pegram

October 10, 2016 – JBP, “The EU Unified Patent Court—Background, Structure and Procedures,” paper accompanying presentation at The Sedona Conference, Washington, DC

September 19, 2016 – The Netherlands deposited its ratification of the UPC Agreement on September 14. Fish issued an update (Legal Alert: A Path to the UPC) on the latest developments towards full ratification by the EU member states.

July 15, 2016 – John Pegram Quoted in Reuters Legal Article, “Brexit imperils European Unified Patent Court – experts”

June 27, 2016 – Fish issued an alert (Legal Alert: IP Rights & Brexit) on the Brexit vote and potential impact on the UP and UPC Agreements.

June 23, 2016 – John Pegram Quoted in WIPR Article, “IP and ‘Brexit’: too much uncertainty and the devil you know”

May 2016 – “The EU Unitary Patent & Unified Patent Court” – Detailed presentation by JBP at several meetings in Japan

May 2016 – “Your Major Decisions Concerning the EU Unitary Patent & Unified Patent Court” – presentation by JBP at several meetings in Japan

April 22, 2016 – Fish issued an update on the Brexit vote, scheduled for June 23, 2016, and its potential impact on the EU Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court.

January 25, 2016 – Legal Alert: Update on EU Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court Developments, 01/2016

January 12, 2016 – World IP Review published John Pegram’s article, “Patent owners should not fear the Unified Patent Court.”

September 23, 2015 – Fish issued an Update on EU Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court Developments.

August 3, 2015 – Munich Managing Principal Herbert Kunz joined John Conroy and John Pegram as a co-leaders of our UP & UPC news and website team.

June 8-12, 2015 – John Pegram participated in discussions of the UP and UPC with EPO and EU officials, and members of IP organizations in France, Germany and the UK as a member of a delegation of the AIPLA IP Practice in Europe Committee.

May 12, 2015 – John Conroy was quoted in an IP Law360 article, “5 Things US Cos. Must Consider As EU Unitary Patent Nears.”

May 11, 2015 – Fish Alert “New Fee Proposals for the EU Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court” available here.

May 5 & 11, 2015 – We posted two Alerts about UP & UPC developments here and here. They mention the CJEU’s rejection of Spain’s cases that sought to block the UP regulations, the UP renewal fee proposals being considered by the Select Committee and the UPC Preparatory Committee’s fee proposals.

May 1, 2015 – John Pegram quoted in World Intellectual Property Review article, “Unitary patent: the cost of renewal.”

May 2015 – Munich Principal John Conroy joined John Pegram as a co-leader of our UP & UPC news and website team.

November 2013 – John Pegram discussed “The Unified Patent Court—What patent attorneys and their clients need to consider” as part of the Japan Patent Attorney Association training seminars in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan (presentation materials available in English and Japanese).

July 2, 2013 – John Pegram (New York) published 13 FAQs to help understand the EU Unified Patent Court proposal on Law360.

April 24, 2013 – Preparations for a Unified Patent Court in the European Union have moved ahead on two fronts within the past month. Learn more about these changes by reading our EU Update.

February 19, 2013 – Today, an agreement on the European Union legislative package that will create a Unitary Patent and a Unified Patent Court was signed by 24 of the 27 EU member states. Read more.

February 12, 2013 – John Pegram discussed new options for obtaining and enforcing patents in the EU during their West Legal Ed Seminar titled, “European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court.”

January 10, 2013 – John Pegram spoke on a panel titled, “European Unitary Patent: An Update.”  Presented in conjunction with the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s weekly one-hour webinar series.

December 19, 2012 – After debating the single patent issue on and off for 40 years, the European Union is on track to complete approval of a package of proposals. Read more of this article, “How the EU’s New Unitary Patent System Will Work,” written by Fish’s John Pegram, which was published in Law360.

Last updated January 25, 2017.