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The UK’s role in the UPC

A number of UK associations have commissioned a report on the UK’s position in relation to the UPC after the country leaves the EU. Although on the brink of entering force, commencement of the UPC has been paused following the 23 June referendum result. The Opinion concludes that while the UK could be a member of the UPC after leaving the EU, this would require additional legislation and amendment of the Agreement. It therefore seems unlikely the UPC will enter force in its current form (which requires the UK to start), and a new agreement will have to be reached.

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Kevin Cordina

UK court location announced

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) announces that the London section of the Central Division and UK Local Division of the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) will be located in the Aldgate Tower, central London. Other countries, including Germany and France, are yet to announce their respective Court locations.

UK ratification

The IPO announces that the UPC Agreement will not be ratified this year, but preparations for ratification will be completed ahead of the UK referendum (scheduled for 2017) on whether the UK should remain in the EU or not.

UK IPO’s consultation

UK Intellectual Property Office launches a consultation, “seeking views on the drafting, structure and effect of the draft legislation which will allow for the implementation of the Unified Patent Court Agreement and the associated EU Regulations which introduce the Unitary Patent.” The consultation is open until 2 September 2015.

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Priya Nagpal