UK and the UPC
The UK is not expected to take part in the new European Unified Patent Court system despite previous ratification.
Germany has formally ratified the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement, so as previously expected, the official start of the UPC will be 1 June 2023.
The Sunrise Period for patent owners and applicants to opt their patents and applications out of the UPC system will thus start on 1 March 2023.
For advice on the UPC and how it may affect your patents or applications, please contact one of our experts or take a look at our guide to the unitary patent.