The Unitary Patent: Advice for U.S. Applicants

Caroline E. Warren and Aaron J. Poledna

©2016. Published in Landslide, Vol. 8, No. , March/April 2016, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

The signing of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) for Europe in February 2013 was the culmination of at least 40 years of work in harmonizing and unifying the disparate patent processes of the European Union (EU) member states. As we stand on the verge of a new beginning for European patents, this article reviews the changes that the unitary patent will bring for European patentees and assesses whether they should welcome the coming changes.

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