Fundamental reforms ahead for European Patent Law

The Member States of the European Union are in the process of preparing the introduction of a new European Patent with Unitary Effect and the creation of a single Unified Patent Court with divisions located all over Europe.

With the realization of this patent reform package, the significance and the scope of patent litigation in Europe will increase substantially. The creation of a truly unitary European patent protection and the respective court system is aimed at fostering the attractiveness and the competitiveness of patent enforcement in the European Union with a view particularly to the United States of America and China.

From both a legal and economical perspective, the new system and in particular the introduction of the new Unified Patent Court will present the biggest game-changer in European patent law ever, bringing about fundamental changes for patentees, defendants, their counsel, judges and everyone involved in patent litigation in Europe.

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