Consistency is key so pan-Europe patent court does not raise as many issues as it solves
After decades of false starts, European patent litigation is now set to enter the brave new world of the Unified Patent Court (UPC). The UPC has been born from a commendable desire to reduce the cost of European patent coverage, simplify the complex web of enforcement via country-by-country litigation and achieve pan-European harmonisation. But the UPC's gestation has been highly controversial. Almost universally condemned in its detail by patent judges and patent bars across Europe, it has been driven forward as an uncompromising old-school grand European project.
Mayer Brown’s Jonathan Radcliffe assesses the advantages and the drawbacks of the new Unified Patent Court
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