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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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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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13th July 2018
UK intends to explore staying in the UPC and unitary patent system after the UK leaves the EU

The UK government has reaffirmed its commitment to the UPC and unitary patent in the recent “Brexit White Paper”. The paper’s section on Intellectual Property states that: “The UK has …

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13th May 2018
UK ratifies the Unified Patent Court Agreement

On World IP day last week, the UK Minister for Intellectual Property, Sam Gyimah MP, confirmed that the UK has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA).  The announcement from …

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13th December 2017
UPC Groundhog Day?

In January 2017, we posted the news:  “The UPC to be operational by December 2017”. It’s now December 2017, and for reasons we couldn’t have foreseen in January, it feels …

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13th September 2017
UPC Prep Comm – Further progress, yet further delays

The UPC Preparatory Committee has posted an update on the “Progress on the Unified Patent Court Project”. Good progress was reported on the one hand, with 14 full ratifications and more in …

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