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UPC aiming for commencement in December 2017

The UPC Preparatory Committee has announced important provisional dates for the unitary patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC) roll out in 2017

Key dates are:

  • March 2017: final Preparatory Committee meeting
  • May 2017: provisional application phase (PAP) starts (this is not the sunrise-period for opt outs)
  • September 2017: sunrise-period starts
  • December 2017: UP and UPC commence

The committee notes that this schedule is 

conditional and provided with the clear disclaimer that there are a number of factors that will dictate whether it is achievable. The most important factors in meeting these dates is the necessary ratifications of the UPCA and accession to the Protocol on Provisional Application. If these are not achieved the time-plan will be disrupted.

Related event

Registration is now open for our webinar: 2017 - the year of the UPC? which takes place at 9am, noon and 5pm on Tuesday 14 February. Register at www.dyoung.com/event-webupcfeb17.

Contact us

Please contact us with your UP and UPC questions or concerns at up@dyoung.com.

Useful link

UPC website news release 16 January 2017: https://www.unified-patent-court.org/news/upc-provisional-application.

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