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With the vote to leave the EU there are changes to the likely timescale for the new unitary patent system and different considerations to weigh up. Although the unitary patent system may go ahead without the UK, both the provisional period and launch are likely to be delayed. The UK is still currently a member state, and likely will be for at least 2 years; so therefore the UK’s ratification for the time being remains mandatory (along with Germany and France). Questions are raised as to where the life sciences seat of the central division of the UPC, currently located in London, will be located. There are also wider implications as to patent filing and litigation.

For full details on the changes to the EU patent landscape and action points to consider for your business, see our flyer

24 Jun 2019