Italian law enabling ratification UPC Protocol in force
The law needed for Italy’s President to ratify the UPC Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) came into force on the 24th of December.
The Italian Chamber of Deputies already approved the bill on enforcement of the PPI in November 2017. The ratification by the president is the ultimate step for fully participating in the UPC.
Italy already ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement and signed the Protocol on Provisional Application earlier this year.
Milan is to host one of the local divisions of the UPC. The same city is also presenting itself actively as one of the alternatives for London as a host for a central division of the court. Ever since Brexit, the UK has not been certain it will still be allowed to host this division.