Britain takes next step ratification UP

November 1, 2017

The members of parliament who will be seated in the committee that is to judge over UK’s ratification of the Unitary Patent Agreement have been selected.

As a result the committee can start its work of scrutinising the legislation of a protocol which enables the UK to ratify the UPC agreement. As explained by this WIPR article, the protocol is necessary to give the Unified Patent Court the necessary privileges and immunities, such as protection from lawsuits for its judges and staff, special tax arrangements and the protection of the court’s documents and assets.

The selected members of parliament will join seven members of the House of Lords who were selected last July. Together they form the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (SIs).

It is not yet known when the committee will have its first meeting.

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