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The UK has ratified – UPC ante portas? All Eyes on Germany’s Constitutional Court

Following a period of silence about the UPC, the UK has now ratified the UPC Agreement. The fate of the UPC is now in the hands of the German Constitutional Court as they decide whether the German Act on ratification of the UPC agreement is in line with the German Constitution. 

Ratification by Germany

Ratification proceedings in Germany have...

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House of Lords approves UPC – Germany is silenly waiting for its Constitutional Court

On December 12, 2017 the House of Lords has approved the UPC-Package. What is left to bring UK’s ratification process is to have the Package pass the Privy Council for Scotland and England - a mere formality. Subsequently, the British government can submit the ratification document in Luxembourg leaving Germany to be the one country everybody waits...

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Announcement provisional application phase

The committee has announced that it is “working under the assumption” that the provisional application phase will start at the end of spring 2017 that is the sunrise period during which opt-out is possible.That would be May 2017. The committee said that the court could open its gate in December 2017. While this is a promising announcement there is...

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Brexit

Contrary to our beliefs, the UK has voted for leaving the EU. This will delay the opening of the gates of the UPC. Article 89 of the UPC Agreement provides that the Agreement shall only enter into force in case the three Member States in which the highest numbers of European Patents had effect have ratified the Agreement. That includes the UK....

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