Bundesrat expected to pass Germany’s UPC privileges and immunities legislation this week


As reported here, on 26 April 2017 the Bundestag (German parliament) approved the draft law to enable Germany to ratify the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the Unified Patent Court (PPI) and it was expected that the Bundesrat (Federal Council) would then approve the act in its next session (12 May). Although the act was not on the 12 May agenda it is on the agenda for this Friday, 2 June (item 18 here). The agenda shows that the legal committee’s report (here) recommends that members of the Bundesrat vote in favour of the act.  The Bundesrat has already (on 31 March 2017) approved an act authorising Germany to ratify the UPC Agreement and an act to amend national patent law.  For an act to be promulgated, the remaining steps after approval by the Bundesrat are: countersignature by the government, certification by the President, and publication in the Bundesgesetzblatt (Federal Law Gazette).

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