UK to ratify Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK government has announced that it will press ahead with plans for ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA), which is necessary to allow the coming into force of provisions relating to both the new European patent with unitary effect throughout participating EU Member States, and the new Unified Patent Court.  The announcement can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-signals-green-light-to-unified-patent-court-agreement

The ratification plans are said to be likely to take some months, and after ratification by the UK the UPCA will not come into effect unless and until Germany also ratifies, and then not for another three months.  Actions to be taken for patent owners may include decisions on whether or not to opt out patents from the new Court. 

We will keep you updated on what actions will be required as more details emerge of likely timings.

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