UPC launch schedule
1 January 2023
A request for delay of the grant of a European patent application that has received a notice of allowance can be filed from this date, to ensure the grant date is on or after 1 June 2023. This will mean a unitary patent can be obtained.
1 March 2023
Opt-outs can be filed from this date, to protect European patents validated in the traditional national way by preventing central revocation attacks filed at the Unified Patent Court. If no opt-out is filed in time, this will become possible from 1 June 2023.
1 June 2023
The launch date of the unitary patent system. The Unified Patent Court will begin accepting cases on this date, and a unitary patent can be obtained from European patents that grant on or after this date
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