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  • The UK, still a member of the European Union, deposited on April 26th, 2018 its instrument of ratification of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC). With the United Kingdom there are now 16 member states which have ratified the UPC Agreement, the other 15 countries being: Austria, France, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Malta, Luxembourg, […]

  • Last February, a non-binding motion was submitted by political party PSOE calling on the Spanish government to reconsider joining the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court. Available here. The motion, approved on March 7th, 2017 by the Industries Committee of the Spanish Parliament (‘Congreso de los Diputados’), highlights the drawbacks of staying out of the […]

  • 12 member states have ratified the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement so far: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and Finland. For the UPCA to entry into force, ratification by the United Kingdom and Germany is still needed. According to the UPC Preparatory Committee, UK might ratify the UPC Agreement […]

  • Despite the Brexit vote, last year the UK government unexpectedly announced its willingness to ratify the UPC agreement. As a consequence, the UPC preparatory committee restarted with their preparations for the entry into force of the UPC agreement and the Unitary Patent. The preparatory committee has now published a timeline for the possible entry into […]

  • The decision of the UK to leave the European Union (“Brexit”) in the referendum of 23rd June will likely have a significant impact on IP in the future, but for the time being it is “business as usual”. The exit will not happen immediately and it is likely to take several years. When the UK […]

  • Alexandros Lioumbis will participate as a speaker in the European Patent Institute (epi) Seminar “UP/UPC &Workshop” that will be held in Athens on the 22nd of April, 2016. This seminar will deal with the latest developments on the unitary patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and will be followed by a one-hour workshop […]

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