Italy ratifies Agreement on Unified Patent Court

Italy has ratified the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) bringing the number of countries to have ratified the Agreement to twelve (confirmation can be found here).

With the UPC Agreement currently unable to come into effect until the UK and Germany have also ratified the Agreement, it is still uncertain when this will happen. The UPC Preparatory Committee confirmed in January this year (see here) that they are however working under the assumption that the Agreement will enter into force and the Court will become operational in December 2017.

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