Opt-Out and Transitional Period in the Unified Patent Court (UPC)
les Nouvelles - Journal of the Licensing Executives Society, Volume LI No. 3, September 2016
6 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2016
Date Written: September 1, 2016
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement defines the principle of exclusive competence of the Unified Patent Court. This exclusive competence applies to both types of European patents i.e. Unitary patents (European patents with unitary effect in all Contracting Member States) and European patents having a national effect in specific designated EPC Member States including UPC Contracting Member States. This article discusses the difference between opting-out and transitional period for European patents with national effects and related issues.
Keywords: Unified Patent Court, (UPC), Opt Out, Transitional period, UPC, European patents, Unitary patents
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