Unitary Patent: A New Gateway to Patent Protection in Europe
The European patent with unitary effect (Unitary Patent) came into effect on June 1, 2023, providing applicants with a new route to patent protection in Europe. To support patent applicants and their legal advisors, Questel and its independent IP law firm partners offer a wide range of dedicated European Patent, Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) opt-out support services.
The Unitary Patent and UPC are now live!
Prepare your portfolio
- Landscape analysis: Identify patents to opt-out of the jurisdiction of the UPC with a patent portfolio analysis.
- Data checks: Check the accuracy of ownership records at the EPO and national PTOs to prepare opt-out declarations.
Streamline your opt-out activities
- Benefit from our streamlined UPC opt-out service designed for all portfolio sizes, including bulk opt-outs.
- Monitor the opt-out strategies of your competitors.
European and Unitary Patent support
Get lifecycle administrative support for all your European patent needs, including European Patent grants and classic EP validations, Unitary Patent filings, translations, renewals and recordals management.
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Our IP Services Portal enables you to manage all your services in a single place
- Estimate, order, monitor and manage IP matters
- Work in your own time: the portal is available 24/7
- Benefit from the highest level of industry-demanded security
End-to-end support for your European and Unitary Patents
Should you opt your European rights out of the jurisdiction of the UPC? IP analytics can provide the data and information you need to help inform your future European patenting strategy – and provide an alternative and efficient methodology for patent portfolio pruning.
Administrative support for opting-out
We offer a streamlined service for single and bulk opt-outs and using our IP Services Portal, you can combine Unitary Patent opt-outs with European patent grant formalities, 71(3) claims translations and EP validations in a single place and in only a few clicks!
With more than three decades of experience as a language service provider specialized in intellectual property and filing ready translations, Questel is the smart choice for your organization’s patent translation needs.
For more than 40 years we have been handling worldwide annuity payments for patent agencies, law firms and corporate IP departments – efficiently and on time. We offer tailor-made renewal solutions for your specific requirements.
Need to make a change to your IP rights? Our team of recordals experts manage all types of changes to official records to secure rights in the name of the correctly registered owner.
Patent administrative support
We support our clients in projects ranging from checking patent ownership in preparation for opt-outs, ad-hoc data transfer, data validation and file creation projects to full-time administrative support for attorneys. Whatever your needs, we deliver and adapt to your exact requirements.
What are your competitors' UP/UPC strategies? Monitor the trends and emerging practices in your industry.
Administrative support for filing European and Unitary Patents
Our team of IP admin experts and our technology and processes are designed to help you streamline your international patent filings. With Questel as your partner, you can free up internal resources to focus on value-added tasks while improving quality and efficiency. Questel does not provide any legal services. Legal services are provided by independent IP attorneys on the basis of a separate engagement agreement between you and a partner IP attorney firm, if required.
 Questel does not provide any legal services. Legal services are provided by independent IP attorneys on the basis of a separate engagement agreement between you and, if you wish to, a partner IP attorneys firm.
Contact us to find out more about our Unitary Patent services or to schedule a meeting with an expert.