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European Commission publishes research on ‘unitary SPCs’

14 June 2018

Alan Johnson

Following the adoption of the Single Market Strategy in 2015, the European Commission has been reviewing the EU Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) framework, to help decide both whether to revise...

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Bulgarian parliament adopts bill to ratify UPC Provisional Application Protocol

06 June 2018

Robert Burrows

The National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria (the unicameral parliament) has reported here that in its plenary session today it adopted the bill to ratify the Unified Patent Court...

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Romanian government prepares legislation to ratify the UPC Agreement and its Protocol on Provisional Application

05 June 2018

Gemma Barrett

The Romanian government recently published its legislative programme for the period May-December 2018. The document states that the Ministry of Justice will refer to the government draft legislation aimed at ratifying...

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Bill to ratify UPC Provisional Application Protocol progresses in Bulgarian parliament

31 May 2018

Robert Burrows

The National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria (the unicameral parliament) has reported here that yesterday its Committee on Legal Affairs voted unanimously that the National Assembly adopt a bill to...

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EUROCHAMBRES’ message to Competitiveness Council on UPC

29 May 2018

Edward Nodder

The EU Competitiveness Council has reported that in its meeting yesterday it took note of information on the state of play of the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC). ...

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Spanish government provides further reasons for not joining unitary patent and UPC system

24 May 2018

Gemma Barrett and Manuel Rey-Alvite Villar

The Spanish Minister for Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda (currently responsible for IP) has confirmed that Spain is maintaining its position of not participating in the unitary patent system. The Minister...

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Bill to ratify UPC Provisional Application Protocol enters Bulgarian parliament

22 May 2018

Robert Burrows

The National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria (the unicameral parliament) has published here that a bill to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement’s Protocol on Provisional Application (PPA)...

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French law implementing UPC system published

21 May 2018

Vanessa Rieu

On 10 May 2018, France’s Journal official published Ordonnance n° 2018-341 du 9 mai 2018 relative au brevet européen à effet unitaire et à la juridiction unifiée du brevet.  This...

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Bulgaria moves towards consent to the UPC’s provisional application phase

16 May 2018

Robert Burrows

In its meeting today (here), the Bulgarian Council of Ministers agreed to propose to the National Assembly (Bulgaria’s unicameral parliament) that it ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement’s Protocol...

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UPC motion progresses in Hungarian Constitutional Court

16 May 2018

Edward Nodder

As reported here, a motion requesting the Constitutional Court of Hungary’s opinion on the compatibility of the Unified Patent Court Agreement with the Hungarian Constitution, and on the appropriate mechanism...

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UK ratification of UPC formally recognised

27 April 2018

Alan Johnson

Following yesterday’s significant announcement here that the UK has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) and the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI), the website of the Council of...

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UK ratifies the UPC Agreement

26 April 2018

Alan Johnson

The IP Minister Sam Gyimah MP has announced that the UK has today ratified the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement.  Whilst the UPC still cannot start unless and until the...

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Italy deposits instrument of ratification of the UPC’s PPI

24 April 2018

Gregory Bacon

The Council of the EU has recorded here that Italy deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) with the Council’s General...

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Luxembourg deposits instrument of approval of the UPC’s PPI

05 April 2018

Gemma Barrett

The Council of the EU has recorded here that Luxembourg deposited its instrument of approval of the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) with the Council’s General...

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AfD’s motion to repeal UPC legislation faced with opposition in the Bundestag

16 March 2018

Richard Pinckney

Yesterday evening, the Bundestag (German parliament) debated a motion by the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) political party calling for the repeal of two acts enabling Germany to...

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Bundestag publishes details of AfD’s motion to repeal UPC laws

15 March 2018

Richard Pinckney

As reported here, the Bundestag (German parliament) will debate later today the motion by the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) political party calling for the repeal of legislation enabling Germany...

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Luxembourg’s law approving UPC’s PPI effective on 18 March 2018

15 March 2018

Brian Cordery

Luxembourg’s law approving the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) was published yesterday in the Mémorial (the official journal) here, and it comes into force...

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Bundestag to discuss motion by AfD to repeal Germany’s UPC legislation

07 March 2018

Richard Pinckney

The Bundestag (German parliament) has announced here that on 15 March 2018 it will discuss a motion by the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) political party calling for the...

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Complainant in UPC German constitutional challenge publishes update

07 March 2018

Richard Pinckney

Dr Stjerna, who filed in the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) the complaint against the legislation enabling Germany to ratify the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC),...

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Luxembourg’s parliament adopts law to approve UPC’s PPI

01 March 2018

Brian Cordery

The Chamber of Deputies (Luxembourg’s unicameral parliament) voted yesterday to pass the draft law approving the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) of the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Luxembourg’s Council...

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The Law Society urges UK government to ratify the UPC Agreement

28 February 2018

Edward Nodder

The Law Society Gazette has reported here that Joe Egan, President of The Law Society (the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales) has today written to Sam Gyimah...

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UK industry urges government to ratify UPC Agreement

27 February 2018

Alan Johnson 

The IP Federation (which represents the views of UK industry in IP matters) has reported here that its President, James Horgan, wrote to Sam Gyimah MP, the UK minister for...

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German constitutional complaint on UPC legislation on Court’s 2018 case list

21 February 2018

Richard Pinckney

The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) has today published here a list of cases for 2018.   The complaint against the legislation enabling Germany to ratify the Agreement on...

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France ratifies the UPC Protocol on Privileges and Immunities

15 February 2018

Robert Burrows

The EU Council has recorded here that France deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) with the Council’s...

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Privy Council approves Privileges and Immunities Order

12 February 2018

Alan Johnson

On 8 February 2018, the UK Privy Council approved The Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2018 (reported here) and the final published Order (SI 2018/184) can now be found...

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UK legislation now ready for UK to ratify UPC Agreement

09 February 2018

Alan Johnson

Yesterday, the UK’s Privy Council approved the draft  Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017 , which was the final approval required to pass this Order in Council, the...

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Luxembourg’s parliamentary committee recommends approval of UPC’s PPI

07 February 2018

Brian Cordery

The Chamber of Deputies’ Committee on Foreign and European Affairs, Defence, Cooperation and Immigration has recommended to the Chamber of Deputies (Luxembourg’s unicameral parliament) that it adopt the bill approving...

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Committee’s rapporteur to consider bill for Luxembourg to approve UPC’s PPI

30 January 2018

Brian Cordery

The Chamber of Deputies’ Committee on Foreign and European Affairs, Defence, Cooperation and Immigration yesterday appointed Mrs Claudia Dall’Agnol as rapporteur for Luxembourg’s draft law approving  the Protocol on Privileges...

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Organisations publish submissions on the German constitutional challenge to UPC legislation

25 January 2018

Richard Pinckney

The following four organisations have published the statements they have submitted to the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) on the case challenging the constitutionality of the German legislation...

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New UK IP Minister

24 January 2018

Alan Johnson

The UK IPO has confirmed that Sam Gyimah is now the Minister responsible for IP.  He has recently been appointed as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation,...

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Latvia deposits its instrument of ratification of the UPC Agreement

23 January 2018

Andrew Bowler

The Council of the EU has recorded here that Latvia deposited its instrument of ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) with the Council’s General Secretariat on 11 January 2018. ...

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Italy ready to ratify the UPC Protocol on Privileges and Immunities

18 January 2018

Gregory Bacon

Law 4 December 2017, n. 201, which authorises Italy’s President to ratify the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) of the Unified Patent Court, came into force on 24 December...

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UK IP organisations request government action on IP (including the UPC) in light of Brexit

04 January 2018

Edward Nodder

The IP Federation has today reported here that a note Intellectual Property (IP) law and Brexit, Summary of main requests for the UK government was sent on 22 December 2017 by...

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France ready to ratify the UPC Protocol on Privileges and Immunities

04 January 2018

Liz Cohen

Law 2017-1840 of 30 December 2017 authorising the ratification of the Protocol on the Privileges and Immunities of the Unified Patent Court is now in force, having been published in France’s Official...

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Belgian law amending national law to implement UPC system now published

04 January 2018

Gregory Bacon

Following its adoption by the Belgian parliament on 14 December 2017, a Law amending certain provisions relating to patents in national law was promulgated by publication in Belgium’s Moniteur Belge...

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