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01/03/2023: The UPC Sunrise Period has Started

Today, 1st of March 2023, marks the start of the UPC Sunrise Period which will last for 3 months, until the 1st of June 2023.

This means that applicants for and proprietors of European Patents can make an application to opt-out from the jurisdiction of the Unified Patent Court. This opt-out will only become effective once the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) has entered into force on 1st of June 2023.

From the date the UPCA enters into force, actions against patents under the UPC's jurisdiction can be brought before the UPC, thus preventing the possibility of a consequent valid opt-out. As such, the Sunrise Period gives applicants for and proprietors of European Patents the chance to opt-out before an action can be brought in front of the UPC.

Applications for early request for unitary effect can also be made at the EPO.


***In line with the new UPC system, we also have a new UP feature coming soon to your IPRIS account.***



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.