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 decisions of the Unified Patent Court will extend over 17 countries and will affect a market of more than 300 million people.

Our lawyers and patent attorneys have gained a stellar reputation in dealing with many highly challenging patent disputes over the last 30 years. We regularly assist 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 fully comprehend, deal 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