UK government gives green light to ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement - despite Brexit
Surprisingly for many observers, the UK government has confirmed on 28 November 2016 in a press release that, despite Brexit, it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement.
Accordingly, the UK government will continue with these preparations for ratification over the coming months and it will be working with the Preparatory Committee to bring the Unified Patent Court into operation as soon as possible.
Baroness Neville Rolfe, UK Minister of State for Intellectual Property, has said, citing the Prime Minister, that UK will continue to play a full and active role for as long as the UK is a member of the EU. Nevertheless, the decision to proceed with ratification should not be seen as pre-empting the UK’s objectives or position in the forthcoming exit negotiations with the EU.
Such a move by the UK government towards closer ties with the EU in a phase in which the exit from the EU is being prepared was considered unrealistic for political reasons.
With this decision, the entry into force of the European Patent Package consisting of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court appears to be possible again in the course of the year 2017. However, reliable statements are not yet possible after this turnaround.
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