A Radical Change for Patent Litigation in Europe

The New System

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For your UPC matters, we are in a unique position in terms
of experience, team size, technical knowledge, language skills
and long-term cooperation with the leading firms in Europe

Almost half a century after the signing of the 1973 European Patent Convention, which led to the establishment of the European Patent Office and the creation of a common procedure for the filing and examination of patents, another reform - destined to radically change the patent system in Europe - enters into force.

This reform is based on two pillars: the creation of a European patent with unitary effect ("UP" - Unitary Patent) and the establishment of a multinational and competent court for pan-European patent disputes, the Unified Patent Court ("UPC ”).

At present the following 17 European Union (“EU”) member states participate in the unitary patent and the UPC

17 member states

17 member states
  • Austria (AT)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Sweden (SE)


Other EU member states may join in the near future.

The Unified Patent Court will therefore have jurisdiction and its decisions will extend their effects on a market of more than 300 million people.

Our lawyers and patent attorneys have gained a stellar reputation in dealing with the more challenging patent disputes of the last decades. We are used to assisting international clients in global patent litigation and we are capable of pleading in Italian, English, German and French. Trevisan & Cuonzo ranks among the best equipped European law firms to understand, deal with and manage the challenges and opportunities posed by the new system.

We have been involved in the UPC project since its inception and have closely followed its evolution, thus we know the rules of the game and the best strategies to navigate them to reach the client’s goals. Below is a selection of our publications on the topic over the last 10 years.

Unified Patent Court - Trevisan & Cuonzo