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8th April 2022
Update on the UPC – expected timeline

The first meetings of the UPC Administrative, Budget and Advisory Committee took place at the end of February. Following these, the Advisory Committee have begun interviewing judges for the court …

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10th May 2022
HGF UPC events in Germany and Austria 2022

HGF is holding a webinar and an in-person event covering the UPC in Germany and Austria this Spring. The provisional phase of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is now underway …

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24th February 2022
A Step Towards A Unitary SPC?

The European Commission has recently announced a new initiative aimed at creating a single procedure for granting Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs)  (https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/13353-Medicinal-&-plant-protection-products-single-procedure-for-the-granting-of-SPCs_en). Currently, SPCs are applied for and granted at …

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17th February 2022
HGF webinar: Looking ahead to the UPC and Unitary Patents

HGF webinar Looking ahead to the UPC and Unitary Patents is now available to watch. The patent landscape in Europe is on the brink of the most significant change in …

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7th February 2022
Looking ahead to the UPC and Unitary Patents

On 19 January 2022, the Unified Patent Court’s (UPC) provisional application phase began. In the words of the UPC Preparatory Committee, this represented “the birth of the Unified Patent Court …

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19th January 2022
Provisional Phase of the UPC can now begin

With the deposit on 18 January 2022 by Austria of its instrument of ratification for the Protocol on Provisional Application Period (PAP- Protocol; see here), the UPC’s Provisional Phase can …

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13th December 2021
UPC moves one step closer to 2022 launch

The Austrian parliament has completed the legislative procedure to ratify the Protocol on the provisional application of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (the “Protocol”; see here). When deposited, …

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19th December 2020
UPC – Progress on German ratification

The German Bundestag has approved the ratification bill on the Unified Patent Court Agreement. The EPO has welcomed the news, explaining that “in Germany, the UPC bill will now be submitted …

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2nd August 2020
UK will not participate in the UPC

On 20 July 2020, it was announced that the UK had made its final preparation to withdraw from the Unified Patent Court project. A formal withdrawal of ratification was deposited, …

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