Posted on Friday 27 April 2018 by Cruickshank Intellectual Property

In what is seen as a positive step towards the long-awaited Unified Patent Court (UPC), the UK yesterday (April 26th) ratified the UPC Agreement after long delays and uncertainty following Brexit.

Attending a World IP Day Event yesterday, the UK Intellectual Property (IP) Minister Sam Gyimah confirmed the news stating:

“Ratification of this important Agreement demonstrates that internationally, as well as at home, the UK is committed to strong intellectual property protections. This will help to foster innovation and creativity, bringing our modern and ambitious industrial strategy to life.”

Despite this move, delays still stand as Germany has yet to ratify the agreement. Following a constitutional complaint filed by German IP Attorney Dr. Stjerna to the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany last year further delays of the UPC have occurred.

While we await the Courts decision on this matter it seems likely the UPC is still a long way from becoming a reality.


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