UK To Ratify Unified Patent Court Deal Despite Uncertainty Over Its Future Participation
The UK government has announced that it will proceed with preparations for ratifying Europe’s Unified Patent Court agreement, despite uncertainty over whether the UK will be able to remain part of the UPC system once it leaves the EU.
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Those involved in the creation of Europe’s future Unified Patent Court continue to hope that it will open its doors on schedule in December this year, but more doubts are emerging as to whether the UK will be able to play its role in the court system after it leaves the EU.
With the new Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent now expected to come on stream at the beginning of December, companies need to start thinking now about whether they want their existing patents included in the new system.
The UK life sciences trade group says the “ill-considered” guidance will result in duplicative and costly repetition and dent industry’s confidence in the government’s competence.