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EPO accelerates oppositions for infringement and revocation to aid legal certainty and ease scheduling

The European Patent Office is accelerating opposition proceedings for infringement and revocation in an effort to streamline cases before the Unified Patent Court, national courts and the EPO...

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UK-based European Patent Attorneys at the forefront of UPC representation

CIPA has launched a taskforce led by CIPA Vice-President, Matt Dixon, with the aim of putting UK-based European Patent Attorneys at the forefront of Unified Patent Court (‘UPC’) representation.

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CIPA President says UK patent attorneys are ideally positioned as Unified Patent Court opens

After many years of planning, the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court System finally came into being today (1 June).

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It’s official: Unified Patent Court will open on 1 June 2023

Final confirmation that the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will open its doors on June 1, 2023, was received today with news from Germany’s Ministry of Justice that it has ratified the UPC Agreement...

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Unified Patent Court opening delayed by two months

The start of the Sunrise Period of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has been delayed by two months, from 1 January 2023 to 1 March 2023, with the opening of the court now scheduled for 1 June 2023...

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The EPO publishes draft Unitary Patent forms

The EPO has published forms for the UP that are now available to download on the EPO website. The forms are: 7000 (request for unitary effect), 1003, 1004, 7003, 7004 (form on the authorisations) and 2025...

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UK patent attorneys look forward to opening of Unified Patent Court in April 2023

The biggest change to the European patent system and the patent litigation landscape in a generation, the opening of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), is expected to happen on 1 April 2023.

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The UPC is one step closer

The Unified Patent Court has moved another step nearer opening its doors. At a meeting on 8 July 2022 the UPC’s Administrative Committee confirmed the set-up of local and regional divisions...

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Confirmed – UK Qualified European Patent Attorneys retain rights before UPC

UK-based qualifications enabling European Patent Attorneys to represent clients before the Unified Patent Court (UPC) have been formally adopted. At its inaugural meeting on 22 February 2022, the...

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CIPA is one of the EPO’s most valued partners and we deeply appreciate the input provided by its members. Our exchanges are always insightful, but in times of crisis, as we’ve seen during the pandemic, this close contact with CIPA has been crucial.

António Campinos, President, European Patent Office

CIPA plays a vital role in maintaining our position as a knowledge based economy and as a major jurisdiction for filing, maintaining and litigating IP rights. I value my links with the institute and the attorney professions as a whole.

Sir Colin Birss, Lord Justice of Appeal, Court of Appeal of England and Wales

CIPA does a really good job of representing the interests and needs of patent attorneys. They make us listen and understand and our decision-making is all the better for it.

Lord Smith, Chairman, Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg)

DIT values CIPA’s advice and active support in International Trade Week and in preparing to negotiate IP chapters in the UK’s Free Trade Agreements with Australia, New Zealand and accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Steve Rowan, Vice President, European Patent Office

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