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A Changing European Patent Landscape: The Unitary Patent

  • 17 Mar 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar


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The patent landscape in Europe is about to undergo the biggest change since the European Patent Office was established four decades ago. The introduction of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court will affect all applicants and patentees seeking patent protection in Europe through the European Patent Office. This webinar will explain the changes and set out a timetable for decisions which patentees, applicants and their attorneys will need to make. Careful consideration will need to be given in the coming months on existing granted European patents and pending applications at the EPO as they approach grant and following grant

Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
  • What decisions will need to be made on existing European patents and when
  • What decisions will need to be made on existing European patent applications and when
  • How to obtain a Unitary Patent
  • What are the pros and cons of obtaining a Unitary Patent

Stephen Hodsdon is a patent attorney with a background in physics. His patent work focuses on the telecommunications, electronics, computer software, cleantech and medtech industry sectors. Stephen has particular expertise in handling cases where there is a cross-over with aspects of bioscience and biotechnology.  His clients include multi-national companies, several universities in the UK and elsewhere and local SMEs.  

Stephen is also qualified as a patent attorney litigator and advocate and handles patent, trade mark and design litigation in the Patents Court (High Court) and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and has conducted patent and trade mark appeals from the UK IPO in the High Court and advised on numerous pre-action matters in patents, trade marks, designs and copyright to achieve settlements for his clients. Stephen joined J A Kemp as a partner in 2018 after working elsewhere in private practice. He is based in their Cambridge office.

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