Unitary Patent Regulation

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Regulation (EU) No 1257/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2012 implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection





Chapter I - General Provisions


Article 1 - Subject matter


Article 2 - Definitions


Article 3 - European patent with unitary effect


Article 4 - Date of effect



Chapter II - Effects Of A European Patent With Unitary Effect


Article 5 - Uniform protection


Article 6 - Exhaustion of the rights conferred by a European patent with unitary effect



Chapter III - A European Patent With Unitary Effect As An Object Of Property


Article 7 - Treating a European patent with unitary effect as a national patent


Article 8 - Licences of right



Chapter IV - Institutional Provisions


Article  9 - Administrative tasks in the framework of the European Patent Organisation



Chapter V - Financial Provisions


Article 10 - Principle on expenses


Article 11 - Renewal fees


Article 12 - Level of renewal fees


Article 13 - Distribution



Chapter VI - Final Provisions


Article 14 - Cooperation between the Commission and the EPO


Article 15 - Application of competition law and the law relating to unfair competition


Article 16 - Report on the operation of this Regulation


Article 17 - Notification by the participating Member States


Article 18 - Entry into force and application




Text in force at 01-01-2020. The text can be verified at EUR-lex-europa.eu. Titles of articles have been added for convenience, but are lacking in the official text, IP-PorTal.