Unified Patent Court - Bristows
The recent news that the UK will be ratifying the Agreement creating the Unified Patent Court (UPC) means that the new court and unitary patent system will almost certainly come into effect in 2017. This represents the most important change ever seen in the European patent landscape. Importantly, users whose preparations were put on hold following the 23 June referendum must now urgently revive and refresh their plans for the new system.
At Bristows we have been involved closely in the project since its inception, gaining insights from participation in groups advising and lobbying on the issue, and advising clients on latest developments and how to prepare for the new regime. We are therefore ideally placed to assist in reviewing clients’ strategies in the coming months.