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The Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent

Navigating the new EU patent system

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Bulgaria ratifies the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement but delays still in store for the UPC

On 24 July Bulgaria ratified the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement (Protocol). Four more ratifications/declarations are needed, including Germany, for the Protocol to come into effect and allow the practical workings of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) to be established in preparation for the court coming into operation, which will happen once the UPC Agreement (UPCA) itself has been sufficiently ratified.  In both cases, ratification by Germany is a prerequisite. Recently reported comments from the Chairman of the UPC Preparatory Committee have revealed that there may be at least a 6-8 month delay once Germany is ready to ratify the UPCA, given how much needs to be done for the UPC to be ready to open its doors. It therefore looks increasingly unlikely that the UPC will take effect before Brexit unless Germany ratifies the Protocol in the next few months.

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The Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the Unitary Patent (UP)

Now the UK has ratified the UPC Agreement and more than 12 other Contracting states have also ratified, Germany's ratification is all that stands in the way of the UPC becoming a reality.

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