Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC)

This Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC) seminar took place Thursday, September 1st, 2022, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST via Zoom.

Meeting Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85298520425?pwd=bW1lWVhSbi93TDhLMlVPU3VPVEVVdz09
Meeting ID: 852 9852 0425

Passcode: 339197


Before the official start of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), a sunrise period lasting about three months will begin. During the sunrise period, patent proprietors can register “opt-out” requests for any granted European patents and make use of transitional provisions for pending European patent applications.

To prepare for the start of the UPC, we should develop a UPC strategy for existing granted European patents which have been validated in UPC states and for pending European applications which will grant after the Unitary Patent (UP) and UPC come into force.

In deciding whether to opt out of the European patents of the jurisdiction of the UPC, there are many factors to consider. For example, in some cases, it may be worth making specific decisions for individual cases. In some other cases, it may be advisable to identify portfolios of patents that protect particular product lines and consider individual strategies for patent portfolios that include multiple patents.

These and other UP/UPC related issues will be discussed during the webinar presented by Eric Dokter (EPO attorney from Germany) and Malgorzata Kulczycka (US attorney) on September 1, 2022. Please join us. One California CLE credit is available.


Eric-Michael Dokter, EPO Attorney, Partner at VJP mbB Germany

Malgorzata A. Kulczycka, Ph.D.

Dr. Kulczycka is a partner at Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP. Her practice focuses on client counseling and strategic patent prosecution in the areas of computer networks, Internet-related technologies, computer software, telecommunications, computer graphics, and electronics. Her computer network and software experiences include virtual machines, communications servers and routers, load balancing, artificial intelligence, high availability network mechanisms, VPN, dynamic DNS-based security systems, real-time distributed data compliance brokers, and cloud-based storage systems. Dr. Kulczycka has published many articles and presented several webinars on a variety of IP-related topics for the IP-community including the AIPLA organization, software companies, and startups.

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