Latest News and Developments
Preparatory Committee Adopts UPC Rules of Procedure
January 20, 2016
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is inching ever closer to reality. On January 19th, Finland became the ninth country to ratify the UPC Agreement (UPCA). Read more.
Member States Sign Protocol to the UPC Agreement
October 1, 2015
The UPC Preparatory Committee announced that representatives of member states gathered today and signed the “Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provision application” (see announcement here). Read more.
Italy Joins the Unitary Patent
September 30, 2015
The European Commission announced that Italy joined the Unitary Patent, becoming the 26th member of the enhanced cooperation on the Unitary Patent protection. Read more.
Portugal Ratifies UPC Agreement
August 28, 2015
On August 28th, 2015 Portugal became the eighth EU member state to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement. Read more.
Preparatory Committee Publishes 18th Draft Rules of Procedure
July 24, 2015
The Preparatory Committee of the UPC published the 18th Draft Rules of Procedure. Johannes Karcher, coordinator of the Legal Framework working group, and Kevin Mooney, Chair of the Drafting Committee presented the 18th Draft Rules at the July 10th, 2015 meeting of the UPC Preparatory Committee. Read more.
EPO Sets Unitary Patent Renewal Fees
June 25, 2015
The EPO’s Select Committee of the Administrative Council adopted the “True Top 4” proposal for Unitary Patent renewal fees. Read more.
Luxembourg ratifies UPC Agreement
June 2, 2015
Luxembourg became the seventh EU member state to deposit its ratification instrument with the Council of the European Union, marking the country’s official ratification of the UPC Agreement. Read more.
Italy Announces Support for UPC
May 14, 2015
After the recent rejection by the European Court of Justice of Spain’s legal challenge to the unitary patent system, Italian government officials confirmed Italy’s support for a unitary patent system. Read more.
CJEU Rejects Spanish Challenge
May 6, 2015
On May 5, 2015 the Court of Justice of the European Union issued its judgment, rejecting the "Spanish Challenge" to the Unitary Patent System (part of the Unified Patent Package), which includes the Unitary Patent Regulation, Regulation on Translations, and Unified Patent Court Agreement) signed in December 2012. Read more.
Select Committee Discusses Renewal Fee Proposals
March 25, 2015
On March 23 and 24, 2015 the Select Committee of the Administrative Counsel (SCAC) held its 13th meeting in Munich, Germany and discussed two renewal fee proposals that had been submitted by the European Patent Office. Read more.
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