France enables ratification UPC Protocol on Privileges and Immunities

January 15, 2018

The French law authorising the ratification of the UPC Protocol on Privileges (PPI) and Immunities came into force on the 31st of December, enabling France to take the last step needed to fully participate in the UPC system.

The bill was already adopted by the French Parliament on the 20th of December, but came into force by the signature of President Macron and publication of the law in France’s Official Journal.

The PPI gives special privileges and immunities to the Unified Patent Court, its staff and judges. As Paris is to host the central division of the Court, France is one of four countries that needs to ratify the PPI.

Since France has already ratified the UPC Agreement and consented to Protocol on Provisional Application, the ratification of the PPI is the last step France needs to take to fully participate in the UPC system.

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