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News from Abroad -- German Constitutional Court Holds up German Ratification of Unitary Patent Court Agreement

It was reported on June 12, 2017, that the German Constitutional Court has asked the German Federal President not to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) for the time being. The request is the result of a...more

German Court Delays Implementation of Unified Patent Court Legislation

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Germany’s constitutional court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, has requested that the German President hold off on signing the legislation ratifying the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the Unitary Patent (UP) following a...more

Unified Patent Court Start Date Delayed

by Reed Smith on

The Unified Patent Court has just announced (7 June) on its website that the planned entry into operation of the UPC in December 2017 has been abandoned. No new date has been given. The relevant part of the official...more

Preparatory Committee announce delay to UPC Timetable

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, the Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) announced that the previously stated target date for the entry into operation of the UPC, envisaged for December 2017, will now be delayed....more

Top EU patent and EU unitary patent developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2016, proposals crystalized that will bring significant changes to the European Union (EU) patent system and the patent litigation system. Despite the Brexit, the United Kingdom (UK) has announced that it too will ratify...more

UK to submit to primacy of EU law?...Maybe for patents

by Dechert LLP on

As the UK Government embarks on its journey of disentangling the UK from EU law and the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), it is simultaneously continuing in its efforts to join a new...more

The Impending Launch of the Unified Patent Court

by Dechert LLP on

In a fundamental change to how European patents are going to be litigated in Europe, the United Patent Court (UPC) will soon have exclusive jurisdiction over European patent disputes and will be able to issue remedies that...more

Proposed timeline for the UPC from the Preparatory Committee

by Hogan Lovells on

After the British government gave the go-ahead for the UPC system to enter into force in November 2016 by announcing that – despite Brexit – they intend to ratify the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPCA), the...more

Biotechnology Considerations for the Unitary Patent System in Light of Brexit and Other Current Developments

by Knobbe Martens on

Written by Daniel A. Kamkar and Eric Furman, Ph.D. After the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, dubbed “Brexit” by the press, many have called into question whether the UK would ratify the Unitary Patent...more

News from Abroad: Revised Provisional Timetable for the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

The Preparatory Committee of the UPC has published a revised timetable for the final stages of preparations for the opening of the Unified Patent Court (UPC). The revised timetable indicates that the Sunrise Period during...more

Unified Patent Court Could be Operational as Early as December 2017

by Reed Smith on

As we discussed in a prior post, the introduction of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will be a significant change to the European patent landscape and will have a profound effect on how life sciences companies set about their...more

UPC Targets December 2017 Launch

by Dechert LLP on

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

by Reed Smith on

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

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

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

by Reed Smith on

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

by White & Case LLP on

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

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

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

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?

by JAMS on

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

by Hogan Lovells on

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?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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?

by Reed Smith on

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

by Knobbe Martens on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by BakerHostetler on

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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