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Rufus Pichler
Otis Littlefield

Preparations for Europe’s new “Unitary Patent” and the pan-European Unified Patent Court system are in full swing. Spain’s second legal challenge to the new system has been dismissed by the European Court of Justice and it is likely that the system will go live by 2017.

Patentees and applicants—and their counsel—need to be familiar with the new system that will reshape Europe’s patent landscape. Important strategic planning for patent prosecution, litigation and licensing strategies needs to take place well in advance to avoid being caught flat-footed when the system is officially up and running.

EUROPEAN PATENT CONVENTION AND ITS SHORTCOMINGS

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