Austria is the First Country which Ratifies the Unified Patent Court Agreement

In February of 2013, 24 Member States of the European Union have signed an agreement concerning the Unified Patent Court. It has to be ratified by at least 13 Member States, amongst them France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Now, Austria took that step as a first Member State and has deposited the ratification instruments in Brussels. Since the European Court of Justice has refused in its decisions of April 16, 2013 (C-274/11 and C-295/11) actions of Spain and Italy against the Unified Patent System, the project is on track.