< Back to latest news & events

UPC

December 2017 target start date for UPC will not be achieved

June 2017

The UPC Preparatory Committee has announced that the timetable for opening the UPC (and the associated start date for Unitary Patents) is to be revised.

The target date for the entry into operation of the UPC, envisaged for December 2017, cannot be achieved – the reason for this being delays around the national procedures concerning the ratification of the UPC Agreement and the participation in the Protocol on Provisional Application. Although progress has been made by the member states, including in both the UK and Germany, it has not been enough to meet the required timetable, which was always ambitious.

The UPC Preparatory Committee says it will continue to monitor progress of national procedures with a view to publishing a new timetable on its website as soon as possible.

Preparations for recruitment of judges, testing the IT and case management systems will continue. You can read the full announcement here.

Latest updates

Go:Tech Awards 2024 shortlist has been revealed

The shortlist has now been revealed for the Go:Tech 2024 awards, which will take place on the 20th June in London. We are delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Tech Start-Up …

Read article

HGF wins big at the Managing IP EMEA Awards Ceremony 2024

The Annual Managing IP Awards: EMEA Awards 2024 were announced last night, and HGF are proud to have won ‘Ireland Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year and ‘Netherlands Trademark Prosecution …

Read article

IP Ingredients, Part 11: Exploring colours in the food & drink sector – a patent perspective

As the saying goes, “We eat first with our eyes”. The visual appearance, especially the colour, of a food or beverage product is one of the first things that a …

Read article

Digital Health in 2023: Exploring Europe's Patent Innovations

The EPO recently published its 2023 Patent Index and there is, as seen in 2022, further increased patenting activity in key technologies relevant to the healthcare sector. Spurred by the …

Read article
Event - 8th, 22nd February 2024

Dresden & Salzburg Seminar: Basics of trade mark protection - National and European perspectives

HGF is pleased to invite you to our upcoming German speaking seminar on “Fundamentals of trade mark protection: National and European Perspectives” in Salzburg and Dresden. The seminar will cover …

Event details

INTA 2024 Panel Session: IP & Innovation | Green Marks

Our Trade Mark Director Adjoa Anim will be part of an insightful panel session by the Unfair Competition Committee around green brands at INTA Atlanta on Monday 20th May 2024. …

Read article