The Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent: with Brexit Day approaching and Germany yet to ratify, time is running out…

With still no decision on whether or not a legal challenge at the German Constitutional Court is admissible, it is becoming increasingly uncertain if the new legislation for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the unitary patent will come into force before the UK’s departure from the EU.  This article briefly outlines what the unitary

Patent news from Europe: the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court move a step closer

On World IP Day (26 April 2018), it was announced that the UK has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPC Agreement).  Now only ratification by Germany is needed for the legislation to come into force.   What is the Unitary Patent? Currently, when a European patent application is granted, it essentially becomes a “bundle”