The long-awaited entry into operation of the Unitary Patent system in spring 2023 will mark the dawning of a new era for IP in Europe and the fostering of innovation across the continent.
As an additional element of the European patent system, the Unitary Patent system will be of particular benefit to start-ups and SMEs and will eventually enable them to obtain protection in up to 25 EU Member States by filing a single application with the EPO. What’s more, with the creation of the Unified Patent Court, the new system will remove the last remaining obstacles to the EU’s single market, thus helping to strengthen the European technology market.
On 17 November, EPO has organized a conference on the Unitary Patent System. Through a series of lectures and panel discussions the conference was aimed at presenting insight into the Unitary Patent system from a number of perspectives and evaluating its advantages for entrepreneurs and innovating businesses. High‑level speakers from the European Commission, the European Patent Office and the Belgian government as well as representatives from innovative SMEs, academia and the judiciary discussed the various avenues that the Unitary Patent system will open up for IP protection, as well as its potential to boost innovation across Europe.
The conference video is available here: The Unitary Patent system –a game-changer for innovation in Europe – YouTube