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Licensors and licensees – have you discussed your UPC strategy?

Document No: PUB 20L/22 Posted: 06 March 2023
The arrival of the Unified Patent Court (‘UPC’) and Unitary Patent has been widely welcomed, as has the news that the system is planned to go live on 1 April 2023, despite the pleasure being tinged with disappointment given that the UK is not a part of it. Although companies have been warned many times over the years that the UPC was due to open soon and they should start their preparations, it has sometimes seemed too remote to worry about. Now, at last, it can be said that it will happen and therefore preparations must be made. This article looks at one aspect of those preparations – one that sometimes gets overlooked – the need to review a company’s European patent licences (both in and out).