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07/06/2023: Start of the UPC system

The 1st of June 2023 marks the start of the new Unitary Patent (UP) system and the end of the Sunrise Period.

While applicants for and proprietors of European Patents can still make an application to opt-out from the jurisdiction of the Unified Patent Court, there is no ban on third parties bringing a claim in the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Once a claim is brought in front of the UPC, the UPC jurisdiction is deemed to be the governing jurisdiction for that patent and an opt-out application in relation to that patent can no longer be made.

Nonetheless, this period marks the official start of Unitary Patents. The Unitary Patent is the new patent that can be obtained after the grant of a European Patent application. The UP gives protection in the following 17 territories: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, and Sweden.

The list of territories is expected to extend to a total of 25 countries in the future, thus also covering Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.

14/02/2023: EPO Fee Increase - 1st of April

As of 1st of April 2023, the European Patent Office will increase renewal fees by about 5%. This change will affect the cost of renewals for European Patent (EP) applications and it will also be reflected in the fees shown on your IPRIS dashboard starting from that date.

If you wish to renew patents prior to the fee increase, we kindly ask you to log in to your IPRIS account and instruct ‘Renew’ before Monday the 27th of March.

If your cases are on Auto-Renew, please email us with a list of the cases you would like to renew before Monday the 27th of March. Please make sure to include the title, application number, and IPRIS Reference number.

If you need any guidance, feel free to visit our help pages.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact Customer Support.