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  • , UP/UPC

    Revised timetable for the UPC

    On 27 June, 2017 the Chairman of the preparatory committee, Mr. Alexander Ramsay issued a message through the UPC website. It can be red in full here . The recent development in some of the countries necessary for the UPC to be able to start, in particular with regards to Germany, has now lead to…

  • , UP/UPC

    The 2017 UPC Christmas present

    The preparatory committee of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has today, January 16, announced that the UPC may become operational in December 2017. The committee also announced that they expect the provisional application phase to start at the end of spring 2017, presumably in May. Last year the…

  • , UP/UPC

    UPC might start 2017 after all

    Today, the UK minister for Intellectual Property announced that the UK government is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement ( https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-signals-green-light-to-unified-patent-court-agreement ). "Following the announcement today, the UK…

  • , General news

    The Netherlands are getting closer to the ratification of the UPC

    On 28 June 2016, the first chamber of the Dutch parliament approved a bill that enables the Netherlands to ratify the UPC agreement. The instrument of ratification must now be deposited with the Council of the EU before the ratification comes into effect. When this has been done the Netherlands will…

  • , General news

    The German Parliament starting ratification process on June 23

    The German parliament will hold an initial consultation regarding the draft bill to adapt the patent law provisions for the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent. This will be held in the evening of June 23 and is a first step in the ratification process, which is currently expected to be completed…

  • , General news

    Bulgaria joins the Unified Patent Court Agreement

    Bulgaria deposited its instrument of ratification of the UPC Agreement with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU on 3 June 2016. This is required for the ratification to have effect. Bulgaria is the 10th country to take this step and, apart from the UK and Germany (the remaining two of…

  • , General news

    Italy and Lithuania has begun the ratification process for UPCA

    Both the Italian and Lithuanian governments have begun the process for ratifying the Unified Patent Court Agreement. In Italy the Council of Ministers have approved draft legislation, and the parliament is now about to approve the bill. Italy will most likely ratify later this year, and it is further…

  • , General news

    Bulgaria about to ratify the Agreement

    According to the latest news from the Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court, Bulgaria will ratify the Agreement at the end of April, bringing the total number of countries that have ratified up to 10. Also, in the Case Management System for the UPC, the city of Sofia has been uploaded…

  • , General news

    No fee for requesting opt-out

    The Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court has recently published a new suggestion regarding the fee for opting out, in which the fee will be 0 EUR, instead of the previous suggestion of 80 EUR. The fee for requesting opt-out has been discussed for a while, and consultation responses have…

  • , General news

    Germany begins the journey into the Unitary Patent system

    Finally the news broke that Germany has started the ratification of the Agreement on a unified patent court and thus the Unitary Patent, by the publication of two law proposals by the German Federal Ministry of Justice ( Bundesjustizministerium ). The first proposal is to ratify the Unified Patent…

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