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We are your litigators before the Unified Patent Court

What is the Unified Patent Court?

The Unified Patent Court system is a relatively fresh system common to the EU Member States for which the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) is in force. The Members States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia.

17 out of the 24 UPC member states have ratified the Agreement of the Unified Patent Court (UPCA):

(Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Slovenia)

The UPC offers a uniform, highly specialised and fast-moving venue for patent litigation at a European level. The court accepts both infringement and revocation actions. The Court has exclusive jurisdiction in respect of “classic” European patents and European patents with unitary effect (Unitary Patents).

The exclusive jurisdiction regarding “classic” European patents is, however, subject to exceptions during a transitional period of seven years. During this period, actions concerning “classic” European patents may still be brought before national courts or other competent national authorities. Furthermore, “classic” European patents may be opted out entirely from the jurisdiction Unitary Patent Court

Read more about the UPC and Unitary Patent here.

Why aera as representative before the UPC

Our highly specialised team of UPC litigators offers an agile approach to litigation support that is different from the common approach applied by of most law firms – for the benefit of the entire procedure and thereby for you as a party to a UPC proceeding.

Most law firms typically are not able to navigate in the complex technical aspects of patents without essential support from one or both of patent attorneys and/or technical experts. In a fast-moving venue like the UPC, where proceedings are also “front loaded”, the need to swiftly define broad teams across different law firms lowers process agility and drives costs. Moreover, most classical law firms typically are competent to offer support under a single regime of law which is ineffective in view of the international reach of patents.

Our team of UPC litigators are proven lighthouses in their respective fields of technology and all our litigators hold deep experience from working hands-on on establishment and enforcement of rights. Moreover, our UPC litigators are able handle parallel disputes/proceeding before the EPO, UPC and many national courts in Europe as well as in the US

Experts

Our team of UPC litigators are: