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Despite an "unpredictable environment" preparations for the UPC continue

The UPC Preparatory Committee has issued a “Status of the Unified Patent Court Project” press release, confirming that there are now 16 states which have ratified the UPC, and that German ratification is still awaited (dependent on the outcome of the complaint pending before the Constitutional Court in Germany) "before the project can move into the next phase, the period of provisional application". 

"Despite the current, somewhat unpredictable environment, the technical and operational preparations are continuing allowing for the project to move at pace in the event of a positive outcome from the German Constitutional Court". 

So, nothing more than was already known, but a confirmation that the status of the project is constantly being reviewed. The press release states that the Chairman of the UPC Preparatory Committee "continues to meet with the Executive Group and the operational team on a monthly basis" and notes that those that have applied for judicial positions in the Unified Patent Court are being contacted separately.

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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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