The European unitary patent (UP) provides welcome additional flexibility for obtaining patent protection in Europe. It complements, rather than replaces, conventional European and national patent rights in certain EU member states. With over 60 qualified European patent attorneys, we are able to provide tailored, sector-specific advice relating to patent filing strategies, to maximise your commercial objectives.

Selecting the most suitable patent protection strategy is not always straightforward. As unitary patents do not extend to all European countries, it may be necessary for applicants to seek the additional protection of European and/or national patents to obtain adequate territorial protection. For example, patent protection in the UK may be obtained via a European or a UK national patent, but not directly via a unitary patent.

There are also cost implications associated with the different options for obtaining patent protection in Europe. A unitary patent may be more cost effective where protection is required in a significant number of countries, whereas a conventional European patent and/or a series of national patents may be more cost effective if protection is only required in a limited number of countries.

Unitary patent renewal fees are paid annually to the EPO on a fixed fee basis and it is not possible to elect or withdraw protection in individual countries covered by a UP: it is an “all-in” or” all-out” system. By contrast, renewal fees for conventional European patents are payable to national patent offices after grant and the territorial scope of protection may be voluntarily limited by the non-payment of renewal fees in certain countries at different points in the patent lifecycle, if desired. This provides a level of flexibility that is not available with a unitary patent.

Our unitary patent related services include:

  • Patent portfolio management
  • Advice regarding unitary patent filing and prosecution strategies before the EPO
  • Advice relating to unitary patent protection and opt-outs
  • Advice relating to interaction of unitary patents and national patents (double protection)
  • Payment of unitary patent renewal fees
  • Advice relating to the litigation and dispute resolution of unitary patents before the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

Guide to the unitary patent (UP)

Read our in-depth guide explaining the key points of the unitary patent, including: legal sources, requesting unitary effect, register for unitary patent protection, extent of coverage, renewal fees, licences of right, unitary patent as an object of property, effect on existing European patents and national patents, supplementary protection certificates (SPCs), infringement and freedom-to-operate, relationship with the UPC and opposition/appeal, benefits and disadvantages.

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Anthony Albutt
Anthony Albutt
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David Alcock
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Anton Baker
Anton Baker
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Rachel Bateman
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Robbie Berryman
Robbie Berryman
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Alan Boyd
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William Burrell
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Matthew Caines
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Zöe Clyde-Watson
Zöe Clyde-Watson
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James Cornford
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Jonathan DeVile
Jonathan DeVile
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Garreth Duncan
Garreth Duncan
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Doug Ealey
Doug Ealey
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Kirk Gallagher
Kirk Gallagher
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Hanns-Juergen Grosse
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Charles Harding
Charles Harding
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David Horner
David Horner
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Jonathan Jackson
Jonathan Jackson
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Catherine Keetch
Catherine Keetch
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Lawrence King
Lawrence King
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Antony Latham
Antony Latham
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Darren Lewis
Darren Lewis
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Nicholas Malden
Nicholas Malden
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Connor McConchie
Connor McConchie
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Cathrine McGowan
Cathrine McGowan
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David Meldrum
David Meldrum
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Tamara Milton
Tamara Milton
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Neil Nachshen
Neil Nachshen
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Simon O'Brien
Simon O'Brien
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Jennifer O'Farrell
Jennifer O'Farrell
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Tom Pagdin
Tom Pagdin
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Sophie Slater
Sophie Slater
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Kit Wong
Kit Wong
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Senior Associates

Martin Bicker
Martin Bicker
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Andrew Cockerell
Andrew Cockerell
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Laura Jennings
Laura Jennings
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Robert Kelly
Robert Kelly
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Ryan Lacey
Ryan Lacey
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Arun Roy
Arun Roy
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Gemma Sparrow
Gemma Sparrow
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Alice Stuart-Grumbar
Alice Stuart-Grumbar
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Associates

David Al-Khalili
David Al-Khalili
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Joseph Flood
Joseph Flood
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Emma Hamilton
Emma Hamilton
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Ben Hunter
Ben Hunter
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Samuel Keyes
Samuel Keyes
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Nigel Lee
Nigel Lee
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Rebecca Price
Rebecca Price
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Mathias Smolarski
Mathias Smolarski
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Nathaniel Wand
Nathaniel Wand
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Toby Willis
Toby Willis
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Stephanie Wroe
Stephanie Wroe
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Attorneys, Rechtsanwälte & Solicitors

Oliver Cartwright
Oliver Cartwright
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Keith Daly
Keith Daly
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Khalil Davis
Khalil Davis
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William Powell
William Powell
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William Powell
William Powell
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Simon Schofield
Simon Schofield
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Samuel Smith
Samuel Smith
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Harry Ventress
Harry Ventress
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Matthew Gallon
Matthew Gallon
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Michael Reynolds
Michael Reynolds
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Joshua Wallington
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