WHAT IS THE UNIFIED PATENT COURT?

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) will have jurisdiction to rule on the validity and the infringement of any patent application and European patent (except in case of Opt-out), including the European patents with unitary effect, as well as of the related supplementary protection certificates (SPC).

It will enter into force after the ratification of the Agreement on a unified patent court by at least 13 of the states having signed the Agreement, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The countdown is launched and, according to the latest available forecasts, the patent with unitary effect and the Unified Patent Court should be inaugurated by end of 2017/beginning of 2018.

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THE UPCLA® NETWORK

UPCLA® is a non-exclusive network of independent law firms renowned for their patent litigation practice, all based in Europe. Its goal is to coordinate litigation in the whole territory of the Unified Patent Court and assisting you in the choice of the most appropriate division for your case.

Key words of the UPCLA® network are flexibility and simplicity: through a single contact chosen by you, you have access to all the network’s resources, competence and best advice, before each Division, from the beginning of the action till the enforcement of the decision.

4 REASONS TO CHOOSE THE UPCLA® NETWORK

  • Proficiency

    Proficiency

    The UPCLA network gathers attorneys and European Patent Attorneys who are renowned for their patent practice, in national and international rankings. Together, we cover all technical fields: we understand your technology and the stakes.
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  • Simplicity & Flexibility

    Simplicity & Flexibility

    Going with our UPCLA network allows you to act before any Division while benefiting from a single point of contact.
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  • Independence

    Independence

    The independence of all law firms which compose the UPCLA network allows us to focus on your case while reducing administrative burden and conflicts of interest.
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  • Inside knowledge

    Inside knowledge

    Members of the UPCLA network actively follow and contribute to the development of the rules of procedure of the UPC, ensuring you we have the best knowledge of the UPC law.
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LAW FIRMS OF THE UPCLA® NETWORK

  • Loyer Abello

    Loyer Abello

    Paris, France


    Loyer & Abello is composed both of Lawyers at law and European Patent Attorneys, who have a renowned practice in patent for more than twenty years


    Ranked “Leading” in patent litigation, we are also very much involved in the development of the Unified Patent Court and we recently published a guide on measures for preserving evidence before the UPC, by LexisNexis.

    Paris, France

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  • Zardi

    Zardi

    Lugano, Switzerland

    M. ZARDI & Co. is an IP firm founded in 1999 and located in Lugano (Switzerland).


    Six European patent attorneys are currently active in the firm.


    The firm has a long experience in dealing with opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO as well as in litigations on IP rights before national Courts.


    Most of the attorneys of the firm are also qualified as litigators in Europe to act before the upcoming Unitary Patent Court

    Lugano, Switzerland

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  • MLL Legal

    Zurich, Switzerland - Brussels, Belgium

    Zurich, Switzerland - Brussels, Belgium

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  • IP LAW GALLI

    Milan, Brescia, Verona, Parma, Italy

    Milan, Brescia, Verona, Parma, Italy

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  • Freylinger

    Freylinger

    Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    Founded in 1966, Office Freylinger is Luxembourg’s largest IP Law firm. It offers comprehensive services related to the filing and prosecution of patents, trademarks and designs, as well as to the exploitation and enforcement of IP rights, at European and international level.
    The 17 IP professionals of the team bring expertise from many technical fields, combining technical qualifications with industry knowledge, as well as in-depth experience with patent and trademark law.

    Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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  • Tripoz

    Lyon, France

    Lyon, France

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  • ALTIUS

    Brussels, Louvain-La-Neuve and Antwerp, Belgium

    Brussels, Louvain-La-Neuve and Antwerp, Belgium

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  • Botti & Ferrari

    Botti & Ferrari

    Milan, Italy

    Botti & Ferrari is a firm specialized in Intellectual Property, including European and Italian patent attorneys as well as European and Italian trademark attorneys.


    B&F’s patent attorneys are often involved in patent litigation before the national Courts, where they act as ex-parte technical experts on behalf of their clients or as Court-appointed Technical Counsels.



    Since 2012 Botti & Ferrari has always been included by the magazine IAM Patent 1000 among the Italian consultancy firms of excellence in the field of Intellectual Property.

    Milan, Italy

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  • Maiwald

    Maiwald

    Munich and Düsseldorf, Germany

    Maiwald Patentanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is a professional association of intellectual property attorneys with extensive experience in securing and defending the intellectual property rights of its clients, established in 1995. Maiwald presently has about 200 staff members, including about 70 attorneys, associates and trainees. Maiwald currently has offices in Munich and Düsseldorf.

    Maiwald advises and represents major domestic and international clients, covering all technical fields and all aspects of national and international law relating to intellectual property, especially patents, utility models, trademarks, copyright, designs, litigation and licensing, computer and software law, business and commercial law, distribution agreements, pharmaceutical law, unfair competition law, employee inventor law and internet law.

    A major portion of the firm’s work relates to patent prosecution and litigation, in particular before the European Patent Office (EPO), the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German District Courts and the Federal Patent Court.

    Maiwald also represents clients up to and including the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal, the Higher Regional Courts and the Federal Supreme Court.

    Another focus of our firm is the representation of our clients in national and international patent litigation procedures and in organizing such procedures. Our expertise is global. We have won cases for our clients before the German Federal Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union; we have also successfully organized the defense of our clients’ IP interests abroad. Moreover, national and international arbitration and licensing cases are well within our core purview.

    Munich and Düsseldorf, Germany

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  • Vondst

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Vondst is an Amsterdam based boutique firm that focuses exclusively on contentious intellectual property, pharmaceuticals and life sciences and transactional and contentious IT. This clear focus guarantees an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the laws and regulations and market practices and developments in the industries in which the firm’s clients are active. Vondst lawyers are experts, accessible and closely involved with their clients and their business.

    Vondst is recognized nationally and internationally for its IP and IT work. Chambers 2016 says: “The lawyers always perform very fast; they’re very attentive; they know exactly what they have to do, and what I have to do. I never have to explain myself, everything’s always clear.” IAM Patent 1000 2016: Size notwithstanding, compact independent boutique Vondst is a “big force in the market” and regularly handles some of the most noteworthy pharmaceutical matters before the Dutch courts.

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

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