18 May 2016
In preparation for the Unitary Patent, the EPO is giving the patent community the opportunity to test and give feedback on the new online procedure for registering unitary effect.
Users of our Online Filing software can now install a "Unitary Patent DEMO" plug-in. This update enables users to simulate the drafting, signing and sending of a request for unitary effect and to file subsequent documents in a demonstration mode.
The final and operational version of the software will be made available before the unitary patent system enters into force.
Users are invited to send their feedback on the demo to firstname.lastname@example.org until 31 July 2016, while noting that the demo is purely for test purposes only and that completion of the registration procedure has no effect.