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UK notifies Council Secretariat of its withdrawal from UPC Agreement

21 July 2020

Gregory Bacon

The Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) published yesterday UK Withdrawal from the UPCA, reporting that “A deposit of the withdrawal notification of ratification has been deposited with...

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Responses to German government’s consultation on draft bill for Germany to ratify UPC

16 July 2020

Myles Jelf

The German government has published here 14 responses to its recent consultation on a new draft bill enabling Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA).  Eight of the...

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European Commission states that Germany’s UPC ratification not affected by Brexit

16 July 2020

Gregory Bacon

The European Parliament has published here the European Commission’s response to German MEP Patrick Breyer’s questions (in full below) regarding whether, following Brexit, Germany is still entitled to ratify the...

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Will UPC’s other participating states agree to Germany’s plans?

14 July 2020

Gregory Bacon

The German government’s consultation on its new draft bill enabling Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA), with the UPCA not amended for the UK’s non-participation, closed on...

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Council of the EU asked about the UPC’s future and Germany’s ratification

08 July 2020

Gregory Bacon

The European Parliament has published a written question of 8 June 2020 from Patrick Breyer (a German MEP) to the Council of the EU, which comprises the following questions: Does the...

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FFII threatens constitutional complaint if Germany ratifies UPC Agreement

17 June 2020

Myles Jelf

The FFII (Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure) has published a press release commenting on the German government’s consultation on a new draft bill to enable Germany to ratify the...

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German government consults on new draft bill for Germany to ratify UPC Agreement

11 June 2020

Myles Jelf

As reported here, the German government announced in March that it intended to continue working to enable the introduction of the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) system.  It...

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European Commission asked to confirm that Germany cannot ratify UPCA in its current form

27 May 2020

Gregory Bacon

The European Parliament has recently published a written question of 5 May 2020 from a German MEP, Patrick Breyer, which, in summary, asks the Commission to confirm that Germany cannot...

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IP Minister confirms UK’s non-participation in UPC

14 April 2020

Richard Pinckney

As reported here, on 10 March 2020, following an evidence session on the Unified Patent Court (UPC), the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee’s Chair wrote to the IP Minister, Amanda...

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House of Lords committee expresses its concern on UK government’s UPC decision

31 March 2020

Richard Pinckney

On 27 March 2020, the UK parliament’s House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee published here a review of progress in discussions on the future UK-EU relationship in certain sectors. As well...

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German government to consider how to proceed with UPC

31 March 2020

Gregory Bacon

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection has published a press release here (in German) indicating that, despite the recent decision of the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG), it...

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UPC German constitutional complaint - the decision and its implications

26 March 2020

Gregory Bacon

As reported here, the complaint in the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) against the legislation required for Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement succeeded on the...

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German Constitutional Court upholds UPC complaint

20 March 2020

Gregory Bacon

The German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) has published here the long-awaited decision by its full Second Senate regarding the UPC.  In this decision (which at present is only available...

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German Constitutional Court to publish decision on UPC complaint this Friday, 20 March

18 March 2020

Gregory Bacon

The German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) has announced here that it will publish its decision on the constitutional complaint against the Unified Patent Court (UPC) legislation (case reference 2...

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House of Lords committee seeks clarity on government’s position on UPC

11 March 2020

Richard Pinckney

The UK parliament’s House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee has reported today here that its Chair, Lord Morris of Aberavon, has written to the IP Minister, Amanda Solloway, asking whether...

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House of Lords committee examines effect of UK not participating in UPC

11 March 2020

Richard Pinckney

Following the UK government’s recent statement that the UK will not be seeking involvement in the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) system, the UK parliament’s House of Lords EU...

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A message from the UPC Preparatory Committee Chair

05 March 2020

Rich Pinckney

In light of last week’s UPC news on the UK’s position (reported here), the UPC Preparatory Committee has today published here the following message from its Chair, Alexander Ramsay: “Following...

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UK will not participate in unitary patent and UPC system

28 February 2020

Richard Pinckney

The UK government yesterday published its approach to the Brexit negotiations: The Future Relationship with the EU - The UK’s Approach to Negotiations. Regarding the UK’s participation in the unitary patent...

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BVerfG cases intended to be decided in 2020 by the UPC case rapporteur

19 February 2020

Gregory Bacon

The German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) has published here the list of major cases which it intends to decide in 2020.  Each year, many cases listed are not decided...

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Update on BVerfG cases allocated to Justice Huber, the UPC case rapporteur

23 January 2020

Gregory Bacon

The German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) has announced here that its Second Senate will hand down its decision in the “ECB bond purchase program” case on 24 March 2020. This...

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EPO confirms it is ready to grant unitary patents

14 January 2020

Richard Pinckney

The EPO has published a press release on a meeting on 10 January 2020 to review the status of preparations to implement the “Unitary Patent package”, i.e. the unitary patent...

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