Last week, after years of delay caused by challenges in the German Federal Constitutional Court, legislation enabling Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement came into force.
German ratification of the UPCA is a required step in setting up the unitary patent system and so this development moves the Unified Patent Court slightly closer to reality.
The Unified Patent Court preparatory committee website has also been updated with a new timescale of mid-2022 for the start of operations of the new court.
Although the German legislation opens up the route for completing the set-up of the Unified Patent Court, a number of further steps are required including ratification by Germany (and two further participating countries) of the Protocol on the Provisional Application of the UPCA, finalisation of budget and IT systems and recruitment of judges.
There are also potentially updates required to adjust for the UK’s non-participation in the project following the UK’s departure from the EU as discussed further on the IPcopy blog.
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