Unified Patent Court – All you need to know about opt-outs

Published, 30 May 2022

Are you ready for the upcoming Unitary Patent and UPC System?

The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) are just around the corner !

In the 3 month “sunrise” period before the new system starts, most likely at the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023, applicants and patentees can exclude or “opt-out” their in force and expired European patents, their patent applications and Supplementary Protection Certificates from the UPC’s jurisdiction.

Our Questel and Novagraaf  experts discussed the information you need on opt-outs during the sunrise period and beyond:

  • What an opt-out means and how it works
  • How to prepare your opt-out strategy
  • The benefits and drawbacks of opting-out
  • The practicalities of opting-out
  • FAQs


Dr Kate McNamara

Senior Patent Attorney


Viviane Chilton

Senior IP Services & Consulting Expert


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