Unified Patent Court
A single patent court for Member States of the European Union
There are 24 EU Member States, which have signed the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA).
Initially, the UPCA will be in force in the 17 states, which have ratified the UPCA.
The remaining seven EU Member States, which have signed but not yet ratified the UPCA may ratify it at any time. Furthermore, those EU Member States which have not signed the UPCA may still accede to it at any time.
* UPCA stands for "Agreement on a Unified Patent Court"