This completely free online tool – developed by REGIMBEAU – enables you to perform budget simulations and compare the post grant costs of your European Patents (EP), with or without the Unitary Effect.
The proposed estimates include the official fees as well as professional fees for the following steps:
The tool takes January 1st, 2019 as the hypothetical application date of the Unitary Effect in 15 countries (i.e. the countries that have ratified the agreement - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden - as well as Germany which is in the process of ratifying it).
The United-Kingdom also ratified the agreement on April 26, 2018, but as it will leave the European Union because of the BREXIT vote, which might imply that it will also have to leave the new system, the tool also includes an option to compare the costs depending on whether the United-Kingdom is indeed part of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the Unitary Patent system (UP) or not.
The simulation tool parameters, including the official fees, were last updated on November 2, 2018
The Patent system in Europe is likely to undergo major changes with the upcoming entry into force of the agreements establishing the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the Unitary Patent system (UP). Choosing to validate a European Patent with Unitary Effect will enable a single European patent to be enforceable in each and every EU country where the Unitary Effect is applicable, i.e. in at least 15 countries. Bearing in mind that such Unitary Effect is not available should the patentee elect to opt-out from the exclusive competence of the Unified Patent Court, the costs and abandonment strategy are key factors in deciding a validation strategy.
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