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The forthcoming UK general election will delay the UK’s ratification of a new Unified Patent Court (UPC) system until at least the summer and almost certainly push back the date on which the new framework could become operational. A spokesperson for the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has said, that, regardless of the way the implementing legislation is introduced, the ratification process will not be complete until after the UK general election. The  IPO spokesperson has said that while some work has already been undertaken towards UK ratification, it will be for “the next government” to complete “future steps”. Read more on Out-law

3 May 2021