UPC: A better patent system for Europe
The European patent system will be supplemented and strengthened. Through unitary patents, for which in future a single application to the European Patent Office will suffice and with which one will obtain patent protection in up to 25 EU member states. The unitary patents and the newly created Unified Patent Court will ensure that patent procedures, patent protection and litigation will become simpler and more cost-efficient – throughout Europe.
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is expected to become operational in June 2023. Currently, 17 EU member states have committed to participate in the UPC from the beginning. Austria included.
Expensive legal disputes that have to be conducted in parallel in different countries and the risk of a lack of legal certainty should thus be a thing of the past.