UPC News

Details emerge on the German UPC Challenge

As reported  here,  Germany's ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement was unexpectedly put on hold earlier this year when a challenge against ratification was lodged at the German Federal Constitutional Court. Some details have now...

Estonia makes it 13 for the UPC

Estonia makes it 13 for the UPC On 1 August 2017, Estonia became the 13 th  country to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) when it deposited its instrument of ratification with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU. All the...

UK moves closer to ratifying UPC Agreement

Despite the political chaos which has ensued following the inconclusive UK election result earlier this month, progress towards UK ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) seems to be back on track. The UK is one of three countries (along...

UPC on ice - and it's not because of Brexit...

Breaking news: the German Federal Constitutional Court ( Bundesverfassungsgericht ) has, according to this report , ordered the Federal President not to ratify the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court. According to the report, this is due to a...

UPC Update - Germany

Although the surprise announcement that there will be an early General Election in the UK means that the final stages of the UK's procedure for ratifying the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) have temporarily been put on hold, Germany has...

UK Election called: UPC timetable likely to slip

In a surprise announcement this morning, British Prime Minister Theresa May declared that she will seek Parliament's approval for a general election on 8 June.   As many readers will know, the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court cannot...

Updated Brexit guidance from the UKIPO

Following the official start of the negotiations for British withdrawal from the EU, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has updated its  guidance  on the consequences of Brexit for intellectual property rights in the UK.   The...

Brexit Begins: what does this mean for your patents?

Brexit Begins: what does this mean for your patents?   A few minutes ago the UK's ambassador to the EU handed over the "Article 50" notice which formally begins the UK's departure from the European Union.  While the...

UPC to become operational in December 2017

According to a new announcement on the Unified Patent Court's website, the Preparatory Committee is now working on an assumption that the court will become fully operational in December 2017. Prior to this date there will be a "sunrise...

Breaking News: UK confirms that it WILL ratify the UPC Agreement

Breaking News: UK confirms that it WILL ratify the UPC Agreement At a meeting of the EU’s Competitiveness Council today, 28 November, the UK’s Intellectual Property Minister Lady Neville-Rolfe announced that the UK Government intends to ratify...
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