The Unitary Patent valid across EU one step closer

On February 19, 2013, the EU ministries signed the agreement that will establish a single patent litigation system for Europe, the Unified Patent Court (UPC). The UPC will ensure a uniform applicability of patent law. The UPC is part of the Unitary Patent package that was approved in December 2012.

Following the signing of the agreement, the ratification process by national parliament can start. At least 13 of the 25 signatory countries are required to ratify the agreement, and those must include the UK, Germany and France.

The unitary patent system contributes to the internationalization of innovative growth companies. It will be a good option for companies that want to file a European patent designating many participating countries.

”Despite the promising and historical achievements so far, a lot of work lies ahead to ensure the unitary patent and UPC deliver on their promise. There are still many issues to be ironed out and open questions, such as costs. We do look forward to a successful ratification process and thus I would recommend companies to start already now evaluating the possible effects on their patent portfolios”, says Mikko Piironen, European Patent Attorney, Papula-Nevinpat.


Celebrating our global IP network at an Evening of Elegance with Laura Mikkola in Seattle during INTA

On 19 May 2018 in Seattle in connection with INTA’s 140th Annual Meeting, we will host an Evening of Elegance with the Finnish pianist Laura Mikkola at the spectacular Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Folke Johansson, Markku Simmelvuo and Marina Smirnova selected WIPR Leaders 2018

The results are based on nominations from industry peers. WIPR Leaders ranks the leading IP practitioners in the world, listing over 1,700 lawyers.

Will parallel imports become entirely legal in Russia?

Parallel import has been thus far considered illegal, but a new wave of decisions started in 2017 when the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) issued a warning notice to Daimler AG, Renault, KYB Corporation and YD-Diagnostics.

Markku Simmelvuo from Papula-Nevinpat selected as IP person of the year 2017

Our managing director Markku Simmelvuo was selected as the IP person of the year 2017 at the IPR Gala organized by IPR University Center on Friday, 26 January 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.