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). The Protocol allows for some parts of the UPC Agreement to be applied early, including final decisions on the recruitment of judges and IT system arrangements. The Protocol also specifies that the Preparatory Committee aims to complete its work by June 2016 with the goal for the UPC to begin full operation at the start of 2017.
The Protocol is available here.