On 17 Februari 2023, the German government deposited its instrument of ratification of the UPc agreement with the council of the European Union. This establishes thay the new unitary patent system will enter into force on 1 June 2023. Germany is the 17th participating EU Member State to have completed ratification of the UPC.
The sunrise period will start on March 1st, 2023. During this period, owners and applicants of European patents can prepare for the start of the unitary patent system. For example, they can choose to have pending patents/patent applications excluded from the jurisdiction of the UPC.