Tue 13th Jun 2017

Unified Patent Court operation entry delay announced

Services: International reach, Patents


The long-awaited entry into operation of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will not meet its target date of December 2017, as previously expected. Instead, the preparatory committee forecasts that the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court will be delayed until sometime in 2018, at the earliest.

The timetable delay follows disruption by the early dissolution of parliament for the general election, without the UK having ratified the agreement beforehand. This task has been left to the new government, which has not yet confirmed whether it will be able to ratify it before parliament breaks for summer.


We will keep you updated with news of progress and information on the new timetable as soon as we receive it.


Click here for the official notice from the UPC.


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