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News 28 Nov 2016

UK government will proceed to ratify the UPC agreement

Written by Rolf Suurmond
Today, surprisingly, the UK government officially confirmed that it will proceed with the preparations to ratify the UPC Agreement. In opinion of NLO, the present announcement is a positive development, because the unitary patent and the UPC are beneficial for small and large companies involved in innovation and technology.

The UPC agreement has already been ratified by eleven EU member states, including The Netherlands and Belgium. To allow the UPC to start, it is still needed that the United Kingdom and Germany ratify the Agreement.

The present announcement makes it highly likely that the UPC will become operational in 2017. Uncertainty remains about what will happen when the UK leaves the EU. If theĀ UK cannot remain in the UPC, it may be necessary to move the branch office of the Central Division of the UPC away from London, to Italy for example.

The official press release of the UK government can be found here.