Which practical aspects do I have to consider when opting out ?

If opt out requests are not validly filed the perceived removal of a patent from the jurisdiction of the UPC may not be effective. Third parties, if they become aware of such an ineffective opt-out could therefore bring court actions at the UPC, despite the seeming safety provided by the opt-out.

Practical points to be considered to ensure that opt-out requests are valid:

The opt-out request needs to be filed in the name of the correct proprietor. Proprietorship of patents change frequently and the European and/or national patent registers often do not show the current patent proprietor. The European or national patent registers cannot therefore be relied upon as a source of information for opting out. It is also not unheard of that patent proprietors are not immediately able to say which company in a group of companies is the correct proprietor of a particular patent. Situations in which a transfer of right is not effective (be that for formal or legal reasons) are also not uncommon. There is consequently the possibility that a request for opt-out may be filed in a wrong name.  Proprietors are consequently urged to apply the relevant amount of due diligence to ensure that opt-out requests are filed in the name of the correct party. It will be appreciated that performing the required due diligence may be a time consuming exercise, in particular if a large portfolio of existing European patents is to be opted out during the sunrise period (see also: What is the sunrise period for opting out and how long is it?)
If a patent is owned by more than one proprietor a request for opt-out needs to be filed in the name of all proprietors to be effective. Early agreement (preferably in writing) between all proprietors should therefore be sought.

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