The Unified Patent Court (UPC) will have jurisdiction to rule on the validity and the infringement of any patent application and European patent (except in case of Opt-out), including the European patents with unitary effect, as well as of the related supplementary protection certificates (SPC).

It will enter into force after the ratification of the Agreement on a unified patent court by at least 13 of the states having signed the Agreement, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The countdown is launched and, according to the latest available forecasts, the patent with unitary effect and the Unified Patent Court should be inaugurated by end of 2017/beginning of 2018.





UPCLA® is a non-exclusive network of independent law firms renowned for their patent litigation practice, all based in Europe. Its goal is to coordinate litigation in the whole territory of the Unified Patent Court and assisting you in the choice of the most appropriate division for your case.

Key words of the UPCLA® network are flexibility and simplicity: through a single contact chosen by you, you have access to all the network’s resources, competence and best advice, before each Division, from the beginning of the action till the enforcement of the decision.


  • Proficiency


    The UPCLA network gathers attorneys and European Patent Attorneys who are renowned for their patent practice, in national and international rankings. Together, we cover all technical fields: we understand your technology and the stakes.
  • Simplicity & Flexibility

    Simplicity & Flexibility

    Going with our UPCLA network allows you to act before any Division while benefiting from a single point of contact.
  • Independence


    The independence of all law firms which compose the UPCLA network allows us to focus on your case while reducing administrative burden and conflicts of interest.
  • Inside knowledge

    Inside knowledge

    Members of the UPCLA network actively follow and contribute to the development of the rules of procedure of the UPC, ensuring you we have the best knowledge of the UPC law.


  • Loyer Abello

    Loyer Abello

    Paris, France

    Loyer & Abello is composed both of Lawyers at law and European Patent Attorneys, who have a renowned practice in patent for more than twenty years

    Ranked “Leading” in patent litigation, we are also very much involved in the development of the Unified Patent Court and we recently published a guide on measures for preserving evidence before the UPC, by LexisNexis.

    Paris, France

  • Zardi


    Lugano, Switzerland

    M. ZARDI & Co. is an IP firm founded in 1999 and located in Lugano (Switzerland).

    Six European patent attorneys are currently active in the firm.

    The firm has a long experience in dealing with opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO as well as in litigations on IP rights before national Courts.

    Most of the attorneys of the firm are also qualified as litigators in Europe to act before the upcoming Unitary Patent Court

    Lugano, Switzerland

  • MLL Legal

    Zurich, Switzerland – Brussels, Belgium

    Zurich, Switzerland – Brussels, Belgium


    Milan, Brescia, Verona, Parma, Italy

    Milan, Brescia, Verona, Parma, Italy

  • Freylinger


    Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    Founded in 1966, Office Freylinger is Luxembourg’s largest IP Law firm. It offers comprehensive services related to the filing and prosecution of patents, trademarks and designs, as well as to the exploitation and enforcement of IP rights, at European and international level.
    The 17 IP professionals of the team bring expertise from many technical fields, combining technical qualifications with industry knowledge, as well as in-depth experience with patent and trademark law.

    Luxembourg, Luxembourg



    Brussels, Louvain-La-Neuve and Antwerp, Belgium

    ALTIUS’ IP team is one of the largest IP teams in Belgium. Our expertise covers all the traditional branches of IP law and unfair competition, as well as more recent technology-related disciplines. A substantive part of the practice is devoted to patent law or patent-related issues, including plant variety rights.
    ALTIUS’ IP department has been consistently ranked in the top-tier and highly recommended by leading international legal directories over the last decade.

    Brussels, Louvain-La-Neuve and Antwerp, Belgium

  • Botti & Ferrari

    Botti & Ferrari

    Milan, Bologna, Brescia, Varese, Italy

    Botti & Ferrari is a firm specialized in Intellectual Property, including European and Italian patent attorneys as well as European and Italian trademark attorneys.

    B&F’s patent attorneys are often involved in patent litigation before the national Courts, where they act as ex-parte technical experts on behalf of their clients or as Court-appointed Technical Counsels.

    Since 2012 Botti & Ferrari has always been included by the magazine IAM Patent 1000 among the Italian consultancy firms of excellence in the field of Intellectual Property.

    Milan, Bologna, Brescia, Varese, Italy

  • Maiwald


    Munich and Düsseldorf, Germany

    Maiwald is a leading law firm in IP law. Some 70 patent attorneys and lawyers comprehensively support companies in protecting, defending, and enforcing their intellectual property – both in Germany and worldwide.
    We have extensive know-how in a wide range of technical fields.
    In teams composed of patent attorneys and lawyers, we advise and represent companies, among others, in national and international infringement and nullity proceedings, including before the Federal Court of Justice and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

    Munich and Düsseldorf, Germany

  • Vondst


    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Vondst is an Amsterdam based boutique firm that focuses exclusively on contentious intellectual property, pharmaceuticals and life sciences and transactional and contentious IT. This clear focus guarantees an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the laws and regulations and market practices and developments in the industries in which the firm’s clients are active. Vondst lawyers are experts, accessible and closely involved with their clients and their business.
    Vondst is recognized nationally and internationally for its IP and IT work. Chambers 2016 says: “The lawyers always perform very fast; they’re very attentive; they know exactly what they have to do, and what I have to do. I never have to explain myself, everything’s always clear.” IAM Patent 1000 2016: Size notwithstanding, compact independent boutique Vondst is a “big force in the market” and regularly handles some of the most note noteworthy pharmaceutical matters before the Dutch courts

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Icosa


    Paris, France

    ICOSA is a business-oriented intellectual property firm dedicated to the health sector and specialized in Life Sciences and Medtech.

    Its IP services – prosecution, strategy & valuation – are tailor-made solutions, for building strong patent portfolios and thereby creating valuable assets.

    Awarded for its excellence and its dynamism, since its foundation in 2009, we built a strong team of European patent attorney and IP professionals having a sharp expertise in patent, sciences/technologies and trademark law.

    We are committed to our clients, who they are and what and their business is.

    Paris, France


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