Update on UPC ratifications – UK signals green light

As previously reported, the UPC Preparatory Committee has largely completed all the work required in preparation for the Court to become fully operational. It is also widely known that some aspects of the Committee’s work has been delayed given recent events in the UK and that the Committee has sought clarity around the best way forward. 
 
It has always been the Committee's preferred option to move forward in a way which includes the UK and we are delighted to report that at today's Competiveness Council in Brussels the UK indeed confirmed that it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). This is welcome news. It will allow the Committee to pick up pace on all fronts, in particular, facilitating the planning of when we can expect to have the required number of ratifications to allow the Agreement to enter into force. 
 
The Committee is aware of the need for business to prepare for the start of the new patent system. This need is taken seriously by the Committee and in order to facilitate such predictability a revised roadmap will be published on this website as soon as possible.