Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, acting on the EU’s behalf, has stated that Brussels is looking into moving the London based Unitary Patent Court (UPC), making it increasingly likely the court will have change countries.
Contrary to the expectations of many, it suddenly seems like Germany is the final country delaying the ratification process of the Unitary Patent. A German court is to decide whether the law system behind the Unitary Patent is constitutional.
The European Patent Office regularly posts updates and background articles on all matters regarding the Unitary Patent, including webinars.
The European Patent Office has again pushed back the starts date of the Unitary Patents System. It is now expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2018.
Even though 25 out of 28 EU member states signed for participation in the Unitary Patent system in 2013, the ratification process is a much more gradual matter. The individual, successive ratification of countries has important consequences for the territorial coverage of the UP.
Despite initial hesitation, Italy is the latest country to ratify the Unitary Patent treaty. This brings the total amount of countries that have ratified to 12.
Since 2010 Europe has been working hard on one of the largest changes in European patent law of the past decennia, the introduction of the unitary patent.