Unitary Patent Delay

The long-awaited start to the Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC) has been put back by two months due to ongoing technical difficulties with the authentication requirements of the new Case Management System. The welcome delay will provide users with much-needed time to ensure systems are operational at the start of the sunrise period. The sunrise period is now expected to start on 1 March 2023, with the aim that the UP and UPC go live on 1 June 2023.

We will monitor possible developments to this timeline, including to the opt out process, and will keep our clients informed. If you have any specific questions, please get in touch with your usual contact at Slingsby Partners.


Stephen Turner


News & insights

New Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) expected concerning the approach to claim interpretation

The long running saga of if, how and when the description can or should be used to interpret the claims of an EP patent may well be coming to a close.

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Slingsby Partners attends a networking event at the University of Bath Law Society

Slingsby Partners has been a sponsor of the University of Bath Law Society for the last three years. As part of this sponsorship arrangement, we attended a networking event hosted by the Society on 19 March 2024. Ollie, Verity and Charlotte attended, along with representatives from other law firms and law schools – Allen & Overy, Stone King and The College of Legal Practice.

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EPO to increase official fees from 1 April 2024

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