18 August 2015

Portugal becomes 8th Member State to ratify the UPC

Portugal has become the 8th Member State to ratify the UPC Agreement – following earlier ratifications by Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Malta and Sweden. Once Portugal has deposited its instrument of ratification with the European Council, this will be confirmed on the Council's ratification website.

For the UPC Agreement (and therefore the Unitary Patent) to come into effect, the UPC Agreement must be ratified by 13 Member States, which must include France, Germany and the UK. France has already ratified but further news is awaited on ratification in Germany and the UK. The UK Government recently confirmed that it intends to have completed the necessary domestic preparations by Spring 2016.

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