On 16 June 2022 the European Patent Office (EPO) announced that its online filing system now offers access to unitary patent forms in demo mode.

It is not yet possible to access forms in production mode, but the demonstration mode allows patent applicants and their representatives to familiarise themselves with the new unitary patent features such as drafting, signing and sending requests for unitary effect and subsequently filed documents.

This is a welcome step forward in preparations for the unitary patent, which is expected to launch together with the Unified Patent Court in late 2022 or early 2023. We eagerly await a separate update on the UPC Case Management System which will enable opt-outs to be filed once the sunrise period commences.