UK to ratify the UPC Agreement

29 November 2016

The Minister of State for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe has announced the UK’s intention to ratify the UPC Agreement.

UK and German ratification of the agreement are the last hurdles to implementation of the Unitary Patent system – a new patent providing pan-EU protection and a complementary court for enforcement (the Unified Patent Court, UPC).

There has been much doubt as to whether the UK would ratify the agreement following the referendum result to leave the EU (Brexit). The announcement indicates the UK’s willingness to participate, but questions will remain over how that participation will evolve when the UK leaves the EU.

David O’Connell, partner in our Netherlands office, comments: “Progress towards ratification of the Unitary Patent system is good news for patent owners. As a European firm, we look forward to helping our clients prepare for and enjoy the benefits of the new system.”

The announcement was made at the EU competitiveness council in Brussels, followed by a press release by the UK government.

The UK announcement emphasises the benefits of the Unitary Patent system for businesses wishing to protect their Intellectual Property across Europe. It also emphasises that the UPC is itself not an EU institution, but an international patent court.

Further information on the Unitary Patent system can be found on our dedicated website here.

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