Latvia passes law enabling regional Unified Patent Court
Latvia passed a law on the 8th of October that allows the establishment of the regional division of the Unified Patent Court in the Nordic-Baltic region. It is the last of the four countries in the region to pass the necessary legislation.
Latvia, together with Sweden, Lithuania and Estonia, signed an Agreement in 2014, enabling them to form a regional division of the Unified Patent Court. The court will be based in Stockholm, but all countries provide facilities enabling local hearings. The countries share the costs of the court.
In Latvia, the necessary legislation had already been passed by parliament on the 26th of October. With the Presidential assent that was given now, the law comes into force on the 1st of January 2018.
The start of 2018 is also the moment the law comes into force that allows Latvia to ratify the UPC Agreement. Latvia is the last of the four countries in the Nordic-Baltic region to take these steps. Sweden, Lithuania and Estonia have already ratified and passed the necessary legislation for the Court.