UPC expected to become operational in December 2017
18 January 2017
Monday 16 January 2017 saw the Unified Patent Court (UPC) website publish a draft timeline for the UPC becoming operational. Assuming all goes as expected the UPC will be up and running in December 2017.
A Provisional Application Phase is first expected to start in May to allow a number of administrative bodies to be set up. A sunrise period in then planned to start in September during which owners of traditional European patents will have the option of opting out of the jurisdiction of the new court before it becomes operational.
For further information and updates, please visit our UPC webpage