The European Patent Office (EPO) has published the first edition of the "Unitary Patent Guide".

This guide aims to:

  • provide companies, inventors and their representatives with an outline of the procedure involved in obtaining a Unitary Patent from EPO once it has granted a European patent on the basis of the provisions laid down in the European Patent Convention (EPC),
  • deal with the accessory procedures relating to Unitary Patents and
  • give an overview of the rules governing the payment of renewal fees for Unitary Patents.

You can access the Unitary Patent Guide on EPO's website, here.