The United Kingdom has announced that it has deposited the instruments of ratification of the Agreement relating to the Unified Patent Court (UPCA). This now brings the total number of ratifications to sixteen.

For the Unitary Patent to enter into force, the UPC Agreement needs to be ratified by thirteen of the 26 participating EU Member States, including France, Germany and the UK. While the necessary number of ratifications had already been achieved in 2017, those of Germany and the UK were still outstanding after France had ratified in 2014. We’ll have to wait and see what Germany does.

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