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UK General Election may delay UK ratification of the UPC Agreement and hence the commencement of the UPC and UP system

20 April 2017

The UPC Preparatory Committee's announced start date for the UPC of 1 December 2017 now looks in doubt as the UK general election will likely postpone the UK's ratification of the UPC Agreement, on which the commencement of the UPC is dependant. A 2018 start date appears more probable, barring any delay by Germany which must also ratify for the UPC (and UP) to go ahead.

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

Plans for a 1 December 2017 start date for the UPC (and UP) may now be in doubt if the UK general election delays the UK's ratification of the UPC Agreement. A 2018 start date appears more probable, barring any delay by Germany which must also ratify.

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