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This page features news articles about the field of Intellectual Property, for example about the Unitary patent or other law changes, and news articles about Vriesendorp & Gaade.

Unitary patent

Sunrise of the Unitary Patent: decision time!

As it stands, we might have a new type of European patent soon (2022/2023) in addition to the existing European ‘bundle’ of national patent rights; the ‘Unitary patent’. The Unitary patent is a European patent that, after grant,... read more

Germany toast on the UPC

Germany gives the Unitary Patent the go-ahead

The German parliament has re-approved the necessary legislation to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) agreement, after recently rejecting constitutional objections to the treaty. The Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA or UPC Agreement) is important... read more

Nieuws Duitsland

Germany and the UPC: history repeating itself?

On December 18, 2020, the German parliament again approved the necessary legislation for ratifying the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA), now with the required two-third majority, one of the stumbling blocks of the previous ratification. On the same... read more

EU Flags

UK withdraws Unitary Patent ratification while Germany attempts ratification again

After the German constitutional court declared the German ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) void earlier this year, the German government is now preparing a second ratification bill to be rushed through the ratification process... read more

Vriesendorp & Gaade - together

Continuity of services during corona crisis

First of all our thoughts are with the people and businesses in the Netherlands and abroad who are currently being affected by COVID-19. We assure you that Vriesendorp & Gaade has taken measures to ensure the continuity of our services during this... read more

Nieuws Duitsland

Germany puts a hold on Unitary Patent

On 20 March 2020, the German Federal Constitutional Court ruled against the approval of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC). German approval was necessary for the Unitary patent to take effect. According to the court, approval of the Agreement... read more


United Kingdom backs out of Unitary Patent

Since the Brexit referendum of June 2016, there has been an extensive debate within the field of Intellectual Property whether the United Kingdom could still participate in the Unitary Patent post-Brexit, as the Unitary Patent would always be subject... read more

Post-Brexit IP: what to prepare for?

Post-Brexit IP: what to prepare for?

It has been almost a year since our last update on the politics surrounding the Unitary Patent. The situation remains unchanged. However, the Brexit seems to be nearing a critical stage. A potential 2020 Brexit may trigger a series of events in the near... read more

Santa Claus Detector

Christmas Patent: The Santa Claus Detector

Just before the holidays, we went looking for a patent that fits in the theme of the festive season. We found US patent US 5,523,741 A of 1994, which describes a Santa Claus Detector for detecting a visit from the good old man. According to the applicant... read more

Nieuws EU 01

Another year gone: No Unitary Patent yet

The end of the year is fast approaching. And with it, the official Brexit is getting closer as well. And while the UK has already ratified the Agreement regarding the Unified Patent Court, the launch of the Unitary patent is now delayed by constitutional... read more

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