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Emily Warwick
Emily Warwick
14:56 27 Jul 22
My experience with Albright IP has been flawless from start to finish. I... have never filed a patent before so I was learning everything as I went along. They have been helpful in every way possible and gone the extra mile to ensure I was kept in the loop and happy as everything was going through each step of the way. I cannot express enough how pleased I am with their service. I had the pleasure of working with Will, Abigail, and Adrian. I would recommend Albright IP to anyone looking to file a patent more
Simon Mills
Simon Mills
13:22 06 Jul 22
Super helpful advice, and really friendly service. Highly recommend... Albright for IP advice and more
Luke D.
Luke D.
11:25 23 May 22
Was a pleasure to work with Will and Melissa on a patent draft and filing.... Will took the time to understand both my software product and the commercial motivations behind the patent filing. They were extremely responsive to questions and clarifications throughout the process (availability isn't everything, but it certainly helps!).They were also very clear regarding fees, and set out a very helpful visual timeline and cost breakdown on the whole patent application process at the pre-sales stage. This emphasis on making sure I understood all aspects of the work, and having documentation to help with that, is something I didn't see with any of the other patent services I was talking to at the time. This clear communication continued throughout our interactions.Would recommend Albright IP to anyone looking to patent an invention. The patent they filed for me was for a software more
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Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent

Two major changes are being introduced into European Patent Law: a ‘Unified Patent Court’, and a ‘Unitary Patent’.  If you have or are responsible for a European Patent or Application, you need to be aware of these changes.  

The action required is simple and straightforward, but does require a decision to be made.

If you do not take any action, the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) system will automatically opt-in your European patent rights, and this could be detrimental.


Under a new and major change to European patent law, there will be a new Unified Patent Court (UPC).

This is a new single court which will have exclusive jurisdiction over validity and infringement proceedings for many of the countries covered by a European patent, including for example, Germany, France and Italy.

This new pan-European court (UPC) will become operational on 1 June 2023.


The UPC has no pre-existing case law, and an entirely new cohort of judges. In other words, outcomes from this court will be uncertain for some time.

Our Recommendation

Whilst there may be advantages to the new judicial system, particularly relating to cross-border enforcement of European patents, it is our current recommendation that all existing European patent rights are opted-out of the UPC as a protective measure for the time being.

Any European patent opted-out is exempt from central revocation at the UPC and cannot make use of central infringement proceedings.

Enforcing the European patent would then occur in national courts (e.g., UK, Germany, France) as is the presently the case.


The current major concern is the lack of any existing case law for this new court system, the new and untested judges who will be deciding cases in this new system and the risk of losing pan-European patent rights in a single action.


The opt-out system is active from 1 March 2023. We would recommend at this time that we opt your European patent rights out.

If no action is taken, your European patent rights will be automatically opted-in to the new court system on 1 June 2023, and you will be bound by this new court system.

Read our UP and UPC Fact Sheet below. This gives more detail about the UPC system, and the new Unitary Patent for Europe.

If you would like to discuss and have advice regarding the new UPC system and unitary Patent, contact us by email at, or call +44 (0) 1242 691 801 to speak to one of our experienced European patent attorneys.

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