Once the new system is in place, when your European patent is granted, you will be faced with a choice:
A combination of the two options is also possible, because the Unitary Patent does not cover all EPC countries. Therefore, in addition to a European patent with unitary effect. The European patent can be validated in the traditional way in those countries which are not participating in the unitary patent system.
The decision on whether to participate in the new system, and the extent to which you do so, depends on several considerations:
There is no straightforward “one size fits all” strategy: the best option will vary from case to case. It goes without saying that the advisors at NLO are closely monitoring the developments regarding the new system. Therefore, we recommend you discuss the strategic options with your contact person at NLO.