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UP & UPC interactive map

An interactive map showing the footprint of the new system and its locations.

Please click on one of the headings above the map to see more.

UP and UPC Territory

While the Unitary Patent System is open to accession by any EU Member State (but not other EPC Member States), not all EU Member States participate to the Unitary Patent or have signed the UPC Agreement. This map helps to understand what is the situation of each EPC Member State with respect to the Unitary Patent System. Please click on one of the headings below to filter the States displayed on the map.

Unitary Patent and
Unified Patent Court

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • The United Kingdom

Unitary Patent but not
Unified Patent Court

  • Poland

Important: In accordance with Article 18(2) of Regulation (EU) 1257/2012, a Unitary Patent shall have unitary effect only in those participating Member States in which the Unified Patent Court has exclusive jurisdiction with regard to European patents with unitary effect at the time of grant.

For the time being, Poland has not accepted the jurisdiction of the UPC and Unitary Patents will therefore not have effect in Poland unless Poland decides to sign and ratify the UPC Agreement.

Neither Unitary Patent
nor Unified Patent Court

  • Croatia (EU post UPC)
  • Spain

Member States

  • Albania
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

Central Division

  • Paris Seat (President's Office):
  • Performing Operations
  • Transport
  • Textiles and Paper
  • Physics
  • Electricity
  • Telecom
  • London Section:
  • Human Necessities
  • Chemistry
  • Metallurgy
  • Pharma & Biotech
  • Munich Section:
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Lighting
  • Heating
  • Weapons
  • Blasting

Announced Local and Regional Divisions

Local divisions can be set up on request of a Contracting Member State, with the possibility to set up one additional local division for every one hundred patent cases commenced in the Contracting Member State per calendar year (up to a maximum of four local divisions in a Contracting Member State). Regional division can be set up on request of two or more Contracting Member States. This map displays the local and regional divisions that have been announced to date.

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Other UPC Institutions

Other institutions in the UPC system include:

  • Court of Appeal in Luxembourg
  • A Patent Mediation and Arbitration Centre
    (in Ljubljana and Lisbon)
  • A Training Facility for judges (in Budapest)