Holes In Road To Unified Patent Court Could Derail The Project – And Hit Plans For EU SPC
Negotiations over Brexit and a legal challenge lodged in Germany are holding up progress with establishing the proposed Unified Patent Court, and could also affect plans for an EU-wide supplementary protection certificate, according to legal experts.
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Constitutional issues in Germany and the uncertainty over Brexit are conspiring to further delay the launch of Europe’s Unified Patent Court system.
UK IP organizations say it is vital that the government ensures continuity of IP protections after Brexit and also wants reassurances that the UK will be part of the Unified Patent Court system.
The European Commission has launched a consultation on proposals to “recalibrate” supplementary protection certificates and patent research exemptions.