EU and EPO 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.
  • EUI Regulation 1260/12 of 17 December 2012 governs the applicable translation arrangements for unitary patent protection. The final version, published in the EU Official Journal on December 31, 2012, 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 (2nd Ed. April 2022). (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:

For more information about Unitary Patents and the Unified Patent Court, please contact Fish attorneys Bernhard LorenzMoritz Ammelburg, or Patrick Finn.

Updated 11 May 2022.