UK ratifies the UPC Agreement

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day (26 April 2018) was really special. UK government announced that UK has ratified the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. UK became the sixteenth country which has completed the ratification formalities.

Implementation of the unitary patent requires that France (which ratified on 14/03/2014), Germany and the UK must be among 13 member states. Now only one more ratification is particularly needed – Germany’s – and then the operation of the Unified Patent Court, and with it the granting of Unitary Patents across Europe, can begin.
However, there are significant delays in Germany. Germany’s completion of the procedure is currently on hold due to the constitutional complaint pending in Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.

Once Germany ratifies the Agreement, it will come into force on the first day of the fourth month of the last required ratification. However, it is not likely that Germany will ratify the Agreement before the end of 2018.

UPCA ratification progress on the European Commission website can be found here.