The UPC Agreement will enter into force on 1 June 2023.


It has been a lengthy and complex road to get to this point, but the last piece of the jigsaw was for Germany to formally “deposit” its ratification of the relevant legal agreements with the EU.

This final step occurred in February 2023, so that the new system will start operating from 1 June 2023 onwards.  Before that date, there are various transitional arrangements for the Unitary Patent to provide early access to the system, and a sunrise period for the Unified Patent Court to enable opt outs to be filed.

Information accurate as of 27/02/2023


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