EU Patent Reform
Document No: PUB 20D/15
In 2015, as in 2013 and 2014, the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) dossier has been among the Federation’s highest priorities, following the long-awaited agreement between the European Parliament and Council in late 2012 which resulted in the unitary patent and language Regulations being adopted in December 2012, and signature of the UPC Agreement on 19 February 2013.
The dossier has continued to move forward during 2015, with new ratifications during the year bringing the total to eight. It now appears possible that the required number of ratifications (13 including the UK and Germany) will be achieved by mid-2016 such that the Preparatory Committee’s revised target date for commencement of the new system (January 2017) is potentially achievable – though spring or summer 2017 seems more likely.