Final formal steps

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Last week, the final formal steps were taken for the new European Unitary Patent system to enter into force on 1 June 2023

Det betyder at:

  • A granted European patent can be put into effect in 17 of the 27 EU countries at once.
  • Cases of conflict relating to the patents can be decided upon by a central court.

The long-awaited system thus makes it simultaneously cheaper and faster to handle patents in Europe.

Although a 7-year period allows for opting out of the new system, most of the patent-active businesses should generally be able to make use of the new system at an advantage.

However, there may be specific conditions meaning that a company, either in general or in relation to specific rights, may have a greater advantage from remaining outside the system.

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