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Your at a glance guide to the key milestones along the road to UPC. We’ll update this page regularly with the latest announcements.


2017

Predicted for early 2017: UPC Preparatory Committee’s current target date for unitary patent system to be operational

Predicted for April 2018: likely start date for unitary patent system to be operational including opening the Unified Patent Court

2017

Predicted early January 2018:

Predicted early January 2018: start of the “sunrise period” to opt out existing European patents from the jurisdiction of the UPC

2017

Predicted July 2017: UK ratifies the UPC Agreement.

Predicted July 2017: UK ratifies the UPC Agreement.

2017

Predicted June 2017: Germany ratifies the UPC Agreement.

Predicted June 2017: Germany ratifies the UPC Agreement.

2017
10 Feb 17

Italy becomes the 12th country to ratify the UPC Agreement

Italy becomes the 12th country to ratify the UPC Agreement

2017

January 2017: UK implementing legislation laid before London and Edinburgh parliaments.

January 2017: UK implementing legislation laid before London and Edinburgh parliaments.

2016
14 Dec 16

UK signs the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities to the UPC Agreement.

UK signs the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities to the UPC Agreement.

2016
28 Nov 16

UK government gives green light to pursuing the unitary patent system.

UK government gives green light to pursuing the unitary patent system.

2016
14 Sep 16

The Netherlands becomes the 11th member state to ratify the UPC Agreement.

The Netherlands becomes the 11th member state to ratify the UPC Agreement.

2016
26 Jun 16

Member states sign the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities to the UPC Agreement.

Member states sign the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities to the UPC Agreement.

2016
24 Jun 16

24 June 2016: The UK has voted to leave the EU

24 June 2016: The UK has voted to leave the EU

2016
23 Jun 16

UK referendum on Brexit

23 June 2016: UK referendum on Brexit

2016
3 Jun 16

Bulgaria becomes the 10th member state to ratify the UPC Agreement

3 June 2016: Bulgaria becomes the 10th member state to ratify the UPC Agreement

2016
9 May 16

Recruitment of UPC judges to begin

9 May 2016: Recruitment of UPC judges begins

2016
25 Feb 16

UPC preparatory committee agrees rules on court fees and recoverable costs

25 February 2016: UPC preparatory committee agrees rules on court fees and recoverable costs

2016
19 Jan 16

Finland becomes the ninth (and latest) member state to ratify the UPC Agreement

19 January 2016: Finland becomes the ninth member state to ratify the UPC Agreement

2016
15 Jan 16

UPC Court of Appeal receives formal go-ahead from Luxembourg government

15 January 2016: UPC Court of Appeal receives formal go-ahead from Luxembourg government

2015
19 Oct 15

UPC Rules of Procedure (18th draft) adopted by UPC preparatory committee (subject to some further adaptations when the court fees are decided)

19 October 2015: UPC Rules of Procedure (18th draft) adopted by UPC preparatory committee (subject to some further adaptations when the court fees are decided)

2015
1 Oct 15

Protocol on the Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement signed

1 October 2015: Protocol on the Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement signed

2015
24 Jun 15

EPO select committee adopts unitary patent renewal fee proposal

24 June 2015: EPO select committee adopts unitary patent renewal fee proposal

2015
8 May 15

UPC preparatory committee launches consultation on UPC fees and recoverable costs. Consultation closed 31July 2015

8 May 2015: UPC preparatory committee launches consultation on UPC fees and recoverable costs. Consultation closed 31July 2015

2015
5 May 15

CJEU rejects Spain’s challenges to Unitary Patent Regulations (C-146/13 and C-147/13)

5 May 2015: CJEU rejects Spain’s challenges to Unitary Patent Regulations (C-146/13 and C-147/13)

2014
14 Mar 14

France (one of 3 mandatory ratifying member states) ratifies UPC Agreement

14 March 2014: France (one of 3 mandatory ratifying member states) ratifies UPC Agreement

2013
30 May 13

Spanish launch new challenges in CJEU to the Unitary Patent Regulations

30 May 2013: Spanish launch new challenges in CJEU to the Unitary Patent Regulations

2013
13 Apr 13

CJEU rejects the legal challenges made by Spain and Italy

16 April 2013: CJEU rejects the legal challenges made by Spain and Italy

2013
5 Mar 13

Bulgaria becomes 25th state to sign UPC Agreement

5 March 2013: Bulgaria becomes 25th state to sign UPC Agreement

2013
19 Feb 13

UPC Agreement initially signed by 24 states and will enter into force when 13 member states, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom, have ratified it

19 February 2013: UPC Agreement initially signed by 24 states and will enter into force when 13 member states, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom, have ratified it

2013
20 Jan 13

Unitary Patent Regulations came into force and will be applicable from the date of the entry into force of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement

20 January 2013: Unitary Patent Regulations came into force and will be applicable from the date of the entry into force of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement

2012
17 Dec 12

European parliament agrees compromise wording of Unitary Patent Regulations, which are adopted by 25 member states

17 December 2012: European parliament agrees compromise wording of Unitary Patent Regulations, which are adopted by 25 member states

2011
1 Jun 11

Spain and Italy file complaints to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) (now the CJEU) challenging the adoption of the enhanced cooperation regime

June 2011: Spain and Italy file complaints to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) (now the CJEU) challenging the adoption of the enhanced cooperation regime 

2011
13 Apr 11

Twenty-five EU member states set out proposals for unitary patent

13 April 2011: 25 EU member states set out proposals for unitary patent

2011
10 Mar 11

Council decision authorising enhanced cooperation for the creation of a unitary patent

10 March 2011: Council decision authorising enhanced cooperation for the creation of a unitary patent

2006
16 Jan 06

EU commission launches public consultation on the future of EU patent policy

16 January 2006: EU commission launches public consultation on the future of EU patent policy

 

 

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