Status of Unified Patent Court Project – 19 December 2018

2018 has been a year of mixed highs and lows. This year has seen two more Signatory States ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, namely Latvia and the UK which means there are now 16 ratifications in total of the Agreement, well over the number required. We still await the outcome of the complaint pending before the Constitutional Court in Germany before the project can move into the next phase, the period of provisional application. 


Despite the current, somewhat unpredictable environment, the technical and operational preparations are continuing allowing for the project to move at pace in the event of a positive outcome from the German Constitutional Court. 


The status of the project is constantly being reviewed and the Chairman continues to meet with the Executive Group and the operational team on a monthly basis. 


Those that have applied for judicial positions in the Unified Patent Court are being contacted separately.