House of Lords approves draft UK UPC legislation


The House of Lords has today approved the draft  Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017  . Because the Grand Committee had already considered this draft Statutory Instrument (SI) (reported here ), the motion to approve it was voted on by the House with no debate (video here , motion introduced at 15.16).  This draft SI is an ‘Order in Council’ made under the International Organisations Act 1968 and, now it has been approved by both Houses of the UK Parliament, it will pass to the Privy Council for final approval.  Similarly, its Scottish equivalent (the draft International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2017 ) which relates to certain devolved matters and was approved by the Scottish Parliament on 26 October 2017, must also pass to the Privy Council for final approval.  After approval of the two SIs, the UK will be in a position to ratify both the UPC’s Protocol on Privileges and Immunities and the UPC Agreement.

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