UK ratifies the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement that enables a single judgement on patent disputes across its contracting states.


The Minister for Intellectual Property, Sam Gyimah MP, has today (26 April) confirmed that the UK has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). 

This ratification brings the international court one step closer to reality.

The UK became a signatory to the Unified Patent Court Agreement in February 2013. For the court to come into being thirteen Member States must ratify the agreement. This includes the UK, France and Germany, France has already ratified in early 2014.

Intellectual Property Minister, Sam Gyimah MP said: "The UK is overflowing with innovative businesses, with pockets of this innovation spread up and down the country. These businesses are the lifeblood of local economies by boosting income and creating jobs. 

"Ratification of this important Agreement demonstrates that internationally, as well as at home, the UK is committed to strong intellectual property protections. This will help to foster innovation and creativity, bringing our modern and ambitious Industrial Strategy to life."

The unique nature of the proposed court means that the UK's future relationship with the Unified Patent Court will be subject to negotiation with European partners

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