How will obtaining a Unitary Patent work?

A patent application will need to be filed with the EPO as now and prosecuted in the same way. On grant, the applicant will be able to validate the EP as a UP in the participating Member States as a single “UP” designation, and also separately validate as before in all other EPC states (including the so-called “extension states”).

Opposition and appeal procedures at the EPO for UPs will be the same as they are currently for any existing EP application.

Direct national patent applications are wholly unaffected.

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