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What is the Unitary Patent?

The unitary patent, also known as the European unitary patent, is a type of intellectual property protection applicable in several countries of the European Union (EU). It is a simplified system that allows applicants to obtain protection in multiple European countries through a single application procedure and a single patent.

Before the introduction of the unitary patent, applicants had to file separate patent applications in each European country where they wished to obtain protection. This was costly and required compliance with the requirements of each national patent office.

The unitary patent system was created with the aim of facilitating and simplifying the process of obtaining patent protection in Europe. Under this system, applicants can file a single patent application with the European Patent Office (EPO), which is responsible for examining and granting unitary patents.

Once the unitary patent is granted, it has effect in all participating countries in the unitary patent system, which are the EU countries that have ratified the Agreement on the Unitary Patent. It is worth noting that not all EU countries participate in this system.

The unitary patent offers significant advantages, such as cost reduction and simplification of the application and maintenance process for patents in Europe. However, it is important to note that the unitary patent is an optional system and coexists with the national patent system and the classical European patents, which can still be individually applied for in each country.

It is important to consult with a specialized intellectual property lawyer or the relevant patent office to obtain updated and accurate information on the status and requirements of the unitary patent system in the European Union

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