What is the Unitary Patent and why does it matter to you?
The unitary patent represents the biggest change to the IP landscape in Europe since the Community Trade Mark (now EUTM). Even if you’re not in a patent heavy industry, it has significant potential ramifications. Currently patents are granted on a country by country basis. Under the new system, a patent applicant will have the option to apply for a “unitary patent" or "UP” designation which means their patent will be granted as a single right across all UP states. This means