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UPC Targets December 2017 Launch

The Preparatory Committee for the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) has indicated its intention that the UPC will become operational and the UPC Agreement will come into force in December 2017....more

Provisional Start Date Announced for the Unified Patent Court

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Preparatory Committee announced this week that it is now working on “the assumption that the Provisional Application Phase (PAP) will start end of spring 2017, presumably in May, and that the...more

Could the EU Unified Patent Court Start Working in December 2017?

The Preparatory Committee charged with the implementation of the Unified Patent Court (“UPC”) announced on 16 January 2017 that it anticipates that the UPC agreement would come into force in December 2017, at which point it...more

European Unified Patent Court Roll-Out Planned For 2017

On January 16, 2017, the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) announced that a Preparatory Committee is currently working under an assumption that the Provisional Application Phase (PAP) of the UPC will presumably begin in May...more

Unitary Patent Inches Closer to Adoption with UK’s Ratification Announcement

The Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (UK)—together with the Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property and Prime Minister May—issued a press release on Nov. 28 confirming that the country will...more

Green Light to UK Ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement, Despite Brexit

On 28 November, the UK Government confirmed that it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement. This is an essential part of the process needed to realise the Unified Patent Court. Businesses...more

UK Prepares to Ratify Unified Patent Court Agreement

On Monday, 28 November 2016, the UK announced that it will proceed with its preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, notwithstanding the Brexit vote taken on 23 June 2016. This decision, surprising to many,...more

With the U.K.’s Announcement, the European Unified Patent Court Moves Toward Realization

On November 28, 2016, Baroness Neville Rolfe, the United Kingdom Minister of State for Intellectual Property, announced that the U.K. would ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA), paving the way for the European...more

Brexit’s Effect on the Unitary Patent System and Court

The UK government intends to ratify the Unitary Patent System and the Unified Patent Court prior to Brexit. The Brexit referendum passed earlier this year in which the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union...more

UK To Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement Despite the Brexit Vote

The UK will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement despite the Brexit vote, it was announced yesterday. It is unclear whether this marks the start of a long participation of the UK in this 40-years-in-the-making unifying...more

The UK decides to ratify the UPC Agreement: the UPC and Unitary Patent to proceed in 2017

As we have reported previously, it had been thought that the UK’s vote on June 23, 2016 to leave the European Union would delay the commencement of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the introduction of the unitary patent....more

Unexpected Post-Brexit IP Development: UK is to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

On 28 November 2016, the UK Government made a surprising announcement at the meeting of the Competitiveness Council (an EU institution), stating that it intends to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, marking its first...more

The UK to Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK government announced on November 28, 2016 that it will proceed to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). The announcement comes after months of uncertainty over the future of the UPCA following the UK’s vote...more

UK To Continue Steps Towards Ratification Of Unitary Patent Convention Despite Brexit

The EU’s Unitary Patent Convention and the associated EU patent had originally been expected to come into effect in 2017. This was, however dependent on ratification of the agreement by thirteen EU countries of which three...more

Brexit – the end of Pan European Patent Dispute Resolution?

For more than 40 years, resolving European cross-border disputes about patents in one proceeding has been a dream. The solution, by way of a new European Unified Patents Court (UPC), was until the summer of 2016 within...more

UK announces intention to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK Government yesterday announced that its plans to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (“UPCA”) will not be derailed by Brexit. The UK Minister of State for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville Rolfe, made the...more

Location of Italy’s local division of the UPC formally selected

The location of the local division in Milan has been formally selected by the Italian authorities. The UPC Preparatory Committee confirmed in a recent press release that the division will be hosted in the premises of the new...more

Brexit—The End of the Unitary Patent System as we Know it?

On June 23, 2016, British citizens voted in a referendum in favor of exiting the European Union. Termed “Brexit,” the United Kingdom’s departure effected global markets and caused the British pound to fall to its lowest level...more

European Patent Litigation for Life Sciences Companies: a Silver Lining to the Brexit Cloud?

The introduction of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is undoubtedly the most significant change to the European patent landscape since the European Patent Convention of 1973. It will have a profound effect on how life sciences...more

Continental patents a la carte or prix fixe? Biotechnology considerations for the unitary patent in Europe

Unitary patents in Europe - The European unitary patent and Unitary Patent Court (UPC) are slated to go into effect in early 2017. These monumental changes will have a significant impact on the ways patent rights are...more

The Brexit and Patent Law: What You Need to Know

Now that some time has passed since the Brexit vote, some of the ways in which the vote is likely to impact British patent law are becoming clearer. Here is a quick summary of some of the primary concerns....more

Brexit: The UK Clarifies Its Position On Intellectual Property

The process of Brexit will take time, and the implications for our clients’ business will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating across all our offices and working with clients on your key concerns and...more

The Effect of Brexit on UK Intellectual Property Protection and the Unified Patent Court and Practical Steps to Be Taken Now and...

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. This will not affect the UK’s position as one of the most important IP jurisdictions in Europe. However, leaving the European Union will have an impact on substantive IP law in...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) August 2016

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) is our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering perspectives, analysis and visionary...more

Brexit May Stall Implementation of EU’s New Unitary Patent and Patent Court Systems

New unified patent grant and patent court systems, which were to have taken effect in early 2017, will likely be stalled because of Britain’s June vote to leave the EU, commentators and member nations fear. BACKGROUND...more

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