It was great to see our call to action to patent holders riding high in the med-tech news pages this morning! According to a roadmap issued earlier this month, the Unitary Patent package has a provisional start date of 1 April 2023, meaning patent owners must assess their rights and protections in line with the new package, and take action accordingly. Full details can be found in the article below.

Simon Mounteney, managing partner (Europe) at Marks & Clerk, said: "The new system will offer a significant reduction in costs for innovators who seek protection in more than a handful of EU states as they will no longer have to take parallel action in multiple countries. Likewise, where disputes and patent infringement are an issue, the claimant will only need to commence infringement proceedings in a single court in order to obtain a single pan-European injunction (preliminary or final) across several countries."