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Brexit delays Unitary patent

The early general elections in the UK ahead of the Brexit negotiations are bound to delay the start of the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent. The launch of the Unitary patent system in December 2017 seems no longer possible. A new timeline... read more


Brexit formally started: no ratification of UPC yet

On March 29, 2017, the Brexit was formally started. It was expected that the British government would move to ratify the UPC agreement before Article 50 was triggered. Now that this has not happened, the British participation in the Unitary patent again... read more


Unitary patent still a possibility in 2017?

The introduction of the Unitary patent seemed something of the distant future because of the 'Brexit'. However, a recent statement of the British government revealed an intention to ratify the Unitary Patent Court Agreement. Surprising, because the Unitary... read more


The Netherlands ratifies the UPC agreement

The Netherlands becomes the 11th country of the required 13 countries to have ratified the Agreement regarding the Unified Patent Court (UPCA). When the Unitary patent system is operational, the UPC will decide on the validity of and infringement... read more

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