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Diagram of the transition timeframe

Long Description: Diagram of the transition timeframe

  • 19 February 2013 – UPC Agreement signed. Ratification period.
  • Sunrise period. Anticipated mid-2016.
  • The UPC Agreement enters into force on the first day of the fourth month after the thirteenth ratification (must include GB, FR & DE).
  • Transitional period, currently 7 years (extendable to 14 years), during which time an action brought against a European patent may be brought in a national court (if opted-out).
  • Last European patent with SPC expires 25 (20 + 5) years after the patent application date.


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