Updates

What is the Unitary Patent, and how do I get one?

The Unitary Patent will be a single patent right, obtained via the European Patent Office, covering all EU Member States which have ratified the agreement at the patent grant date. (As of June 2022, the participating countries are Belgium, Bulgaria, De...

Tilting At Windmills

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article for Pride Month. I sat down, started to write, and the next thing I knew it was two hours later and I had eight pages of righteous anger and elaborate verbiage burning smoking holes in the page in front of me. Someth...

What languages does the UPC use?

Central Division Proceedings at the central division will be in the language in which the patent was granted. Local/Regional Divisions Proceedings at the local/regional divisions will be in either: An official language of the Member State in which th...

What is the Unified Patent Court?

The Unified Patent Court (“UPC”) is a new pan-European court expected to open for business some time after October 2022. It will adjudicate disputes relating to the new Unitary Patents and also to existing and future European patents (unless they have ...

What are the options if you want to avoid the UPC?

During the transitional period, it is possible to opt classical (i.e. non-unitary) European patents and applications out of the competence of the UPC (provided that no action has commenced at the UPC in respect of that patent). The opt-out lasts for th...

Pride Month, Progress, and The Paradox of Tolerance

Once upon a time, in New York City, there was a riot. Not, by itself, an especially notable occurrence – New York is a pretty good place for rioting, as such places go, and as both myself and my friend Eugene can attest, you often don’t need much to s...

Mobility-as-a-Service – how will you travel?

The taxi service industry has undergone huge disruption over the last decade with the proliferation of ride-hailing apps. The success of companies like Uber® and Lyft® is proof of a global willingness by travellers to interact with travel providers in ...

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek: The true impact of loneliness

All usual disclaimers apply – not a doctor, not a shrink, not remotely qualified, not talking about how I know a lot of this. Loneliness sucks. This isn’t as sharp a revelation as it would have been a few years ago, because (thanks to the pandemic, in...