The states of the European Union are currently collaborating to create a new type of European patent: the Unitary patent. The Unitary patent can be chosen after grant of the 'traditional European patent', and will have effect in all the joined European Union states. The Unitary patent offers an alternative to the traditional European 'bundle' validation process, where each country has to be validated individually.
This dossier offers an overview of all news articles relating to the Unitary patent.
June 24, 2015: Unitary patent: Renewal fees set
June 23, 2016: 'Brexit' and the Unitary patent
June 28, 2016: The Netherlands ratifies the UPC Agreement
November 28, 2016: Unitary patent still a possibility in 2017?
April 5, 2017: Brexit formally started: no ratification of UPC yet
May 5, 2017: Brexit delays Unitary patent
June 8, 2017: Unified Patent Court (UPC) will not start in 2017