When can we expect the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court to come into force?

The new regime for the UP will not take effect until the UPC Agreement has been ratified by 13 member states, including the UK, France and Germany. As at 1 March 2017, 1412 states had ratified the Agreement: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. It is expected that the UK will ratify but ratification in Germany is being held up by an 11th hour constitutional challenge.

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