Are you prepared for the changes coming to the European Patent System?

Here we have compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding everything you need to know for the coming months. These will each contain links to a page or pages on our site that expands on our answers, written by an industry expert with over 20 year experience in the field.




  • What does the “Sunrise Period” mean?

    • The Sunrise Period is a period of three months before the UPC starts to operate, so is expected to run from January through to the end of March 2023.


  • What geographical territories are affected by these changes?

    • Initially, the Unitary Patent will affect 17 individual states, but in time, it may extend to cover a further eight. There are some further complexities to this, however, as there are some countries covered which are not in the EU. Read up on the details here.


  • What if I don’t want my patents to be a part of the UPC?

    • That is not a problem! Our attorney’s can arrange that for you. There is a specific request that must be submitted for you to opt out of having your patents under the jurisdiction of the Unified Patent Court. This will be for an initial period of seven years, though this could be extended. Our blog post explains the impact of opting in or out, as well as a number of other areas this particular decision will affect.
  • Will this change the protection my patents have?

    • Your Intellectual Property will still be protected, but it will provide a number of options. These new options are detailed in this article. You will also find some broad information regarding how to approach the UPC strategically. For further guidance, we advise contacting us at




At Scintilla, we help innovative companies get a grip on their intellectual property. Our unique commercial approach combines registration of patents and trade marks with strategic input so that IP can be a springboard for business growth. If you would like to discuss your IP needs, do contact us or book a free initial consultation!