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Understanding the European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) Training Course

The European Patent landscape is set to change radically in June 2023 with the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court coming into force. This intensive one-day course will give you essential insights into unitary patents, the UPC and how the new patent system will impact your business.

25 June 2024
+ 20 September 2024, 4 December 2024 »

from £499

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Course overview

A new patent litigation system in Europe - the Unified Patent Court (‘UPC’) - comes into full force in June 2023, and with it a new pan-European patent right - the European patent with unitary effect (Unitary Patent). 

The new UPC means important decisions will have to be made by patent owners and their third-party competitors. This webinar will explain the key features of the new system, including its structures and procedures, opt-out and a consideration of the pros and cons of litigating in the court.

It is essential for those who embrace the new system, as well as those who fear it, to know how it works and how to formulate strategies for working with - or without - it.  This course provides an essential guide to all these issues.

As well as addressing the European perspective, this course will look at the implications for UK patent owners, now that we understand the UK will not be participating in the UPC. 

This course is part of our collection of IP & Patents Training Courses.

Why you should attend

By attending you will:

  • Understand the key points of the UP/UPC
  • Learn how to navigate through the UP/UPC system
  • Get to grips with making the right decisions for your business
  • Raise your awareness on the unknown and unclear matters related to the UP/UPC

There will also be time during the day to ask the expert trainer questions and discuss the pros and cons for your business.

Who should attend?

This course has been specially designed for:

  • In-house lawyers
  • Patent lawyers
  • IP lawyers
  • IP and patent managers
  • Business development executives and managers

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The Understanding the European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) course will cover:

History of the UP-UPC agreements

  • A long-awaited system

What is the UP-UPC system?

  • What is the intention?
  • What is the "raison d'être"?
  • What are the intended benefits?
  • Overview of the legal texts and agreement

The complexity of the geographical coverage

  • Signatory member states
  • Non-signatory member states
  • ... and non-member states

The timeline of the entering into force of the UP / UPC system

  • Key milestones

The organisation

  • The divisions
  • The register 
  • The interactions and effects for/with the European Patent Office (EPO)

How does it work and how will it work?

  • Central invalidation
  • Infringement actions

The choices to make

  • The opt-out: pros and cons
  • The watch-outs and potential drawbacks 
  • Impact on litigation strategy

Q&A session

  • Open discussion on what to do and what not to do
  • Assessing the pros and cons for your business
  • Wrap-up 

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Olivier Corticchiato
Intellectual Property Consulting

Olivier Corticchiato is an independent intellectual property consultant. He combines strong international experiences in leading IP teams for major global companies. He was until recently European Patent Attorney and Head of Centre of Competence – Patent Oppositions at Nestlé, and before that he was at Proctor & Gamble. His speciality areas include patent, IP, IP portfolio, design rights, EPC, European Patent Convention, contracts, confidentiality, oppositions, litigation, valuation, appeal, agreements, R&D, business development, litigation, IP M&A and IP due diligence.

His extensive experience in IP, R&D, consumer understanding and IP M&A, means Olivier is legitimate at operating in the inner circle of IP-Legal, and innovation/R&D, business/marketing.

He acquired the experience of people management in his various R&D and IP positions and attaches importance to shaping organizations to match the business objectives. Developing strategies, sharing and advising organizations in the field of R&D and intellectual property have become his fundamental direction.

He says: "Intellectual Property is not an island of obscure and boring legal rights - Intellectual Property rights are dynamic assets that companies must extract value from, primarily by securing competitive advantage over time".

More details

NEW higher discounts for multiple bookings - bring your colleagues to make your training budget go further:

  • 30% off the 2nd delegate*
  • 40% off the 3rd delegate*
  • 50% off the 4th delegate*

Please contact us for pricing if you are interested in booking 5 or more delegates

25 June 2024

Live online

09:30-17:00 UK (London) (UTC+01)
10:30-18:00 Paris (UTC+02)
04:30-12:00 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 13845

  • GBP 499 599
  • EUR 719 859
  • USD 823 979

Until 21 May

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20 September 2024

Rembrandt Hotel

09:00-17:00 UK (London)
Course code 14064
Optional £240/€312/$360 per night

  • GBP 599 699
  • EUR 869 1,009
  • USD 993 1,149

Until 16 Aug

  • 1 day classroom-based training
  • Optional accommodation - 1 night including breakfast, checking in the day before the course
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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for 7 days, no obligation

4 December 2024

Live online

09:30-17:00 UK (London) (UTC+00)
10:30-18:00 Paris (UTC+01)
04:30-12:00 New York (UTC-05)
Course code 13913

  • GBP 499 599
  • EUR 719 859
  • USD 823 979

Until 30 Oct

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* Early booking discounts may not be combined with other discounts or offers. As such, the discounts for 2nd/3rd/4th delegates are based on the full price; and apply only when booking multiple delegates on the same date.

United Kingdom

  • Adamson Jones
  • Appleyard Lees IP LLP
  • Bawden & Associates
  • Bristows LLP
  • Canon Europe Ltd
  • Conocophillips
  • Crown Packaging UK PLC
  • De La Rue Holdings plc
  • Eisai Europe Limited
  • Napp Pharmaceutical Group Ltd
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd
  • NXP Semiconductors Ltd
  • Powell Gilbert LLP
  • Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute
  • Reckitt Benckiser Ltd
  • Renishaw plc
  • Rolls Royce plc
  • RWS Group Ltd
  • Sony Europe Ltd
  • Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
  • Syngenta Limited
  • Syngenta Ltd
  • Vectura Group plc
  • Venner Shipley LLP
  • Walker Morris
  • Warwick Partnership Ltd


  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
  • European Patent Office
  • Kao Germany GmbH
  • Kuhnen & Wacker


  • NLO
  • Sabic Petrochemicals B.V.
  • V.O.
  • Wageningen UR


  • European Seed Association
  • Huntsman (Europe) BVBA
  • Solvay SA
  • Umicore Research & Development


  • Germain & Maureau
  • Sanofi
  • Subsea 7 France


  • Horten Law Firm
  • Plougmann & Vingtoft


  • IPR University Center
  • Nokia Corporation

United States of America

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical
  • Ropes & Gray LLP


  • Torggler & Hofinger



Czech Republic

  • Cermak a Spol

Isle of Man

  • Games Global Operations Limited


  • Chiesi Farmaceutici SPA


  • Onsagers AS


  • Orlen S.A.


  • Hovione FarmaCiencia SA


  • OHIM


  • Brann AB

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Multiple colleagues? See above for details of our discounts for 2, 3, or 4 delegates. For more, talk to one of our training experts to discuss how to:

Run this course conveniently and cost-effectively in-house for your staff and colleagues

Aleksandra Beer

Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

Yesim Nurko

Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749