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.