UPC News

Trade mark and design planning for a "no deal" Brexit

In a very recent development that will come as a relief to businesses, the UK Government has issued some guidance on what will happen to EU intellectual property rights in the event the UK and EU fail to reach an agreement by 29 March 2019 (a “no...

Patent planning for a "no deal" Brexit

The government has recently issued a notice outlining the effect on the patent system were the UK to leave the EU without an agreement (a "no deal" scenario) in March 2019. While the notice reassures that such a scenario remains unlikely, it...

UK confirms intention to remain in Unitary Patent system after Brexit

Following a week of political drama, which has seen the resignation of the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, the British Government today published its much-anticipated "White Paper". This sets out the proposals for...

Hungary says "no" to UPC Agreement

The Hungarian Constitutional Court today ruled that the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) is contrary to the Hungarian constitution and therefore cannot be ratified by Hungary.The decision (in Hungarian) is available here. The Constitutional Court...

UK Ratifies UPC Agreement

In a speech to mark World IP Day, the British Government's IP Minister, Sam Gyimah, announced that the UK has ratified the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court. The question of whether the UK will seek to remain a member of the UPC after Brexit is still...

German UPC Complaint "to be decided in 2018"?

This morning the German Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) published its  "preview for the year",  listing the cases which it intends to decide during 2018. The pending "Constitutional Complaint" against German ratification...

German UPC Complaint: Further organisations weigh in

According to  Mathieu Klos  of  respected German legal website  JUVE,  a total of seven organisations* have submitted opinions in relation to the ongoing "Constitutional Complaint" against German ratification of the UPC...

Is the complaint against the UPC admissible? German Bar Association says "no"

Following the surprise submission last year of a  "constitutional complaint"  against German participation in the Unified Patent Court system, ratification of the UPC Agreement was put on hold. The Federal Constitutional Court invited...

UPC legislation clears Parliament

Following its  consideration by the Grand Committee of the House of Lords last week,  the Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017 was formally approved by the House this afternoon. All that now remains before the UK is...

UPC Order progresses through the Lords

The Grand Committee of the House of Lords this afternoon considered the Order on Privileges and Immunities, following the Commons' approval of the same Order. The discussion was brief and sidestepped the issues of Brexit and the pending German...
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