16 January 2017
Brussels
Reporter: Barney Dixon
UPC to begin in 2017
The unitary patent system is expected to become operational in December 2017, according to the Unified Patent Court (UPC) preparatory committee.

The committee said that it is now working under the assumption that the provisional application phase will begin at the end of spring 2017, meaning that the projected timeline for the UPC Agreement to enter into force will be at the end of this year.

This also means that judicial interviews can begin and appointments can be confirmed.

While the timetable is conditional, the committee said: “The most important factors in meeting these dates is the necessary ratifications of the UPC agreement and accession to the protocol on provisional application.”

“If these are not achieved the time-plan will be disrupted.”

The committee’s final meeting will take place in March 2017, after which more details about the committee’s work programme will be published.

More Europe news
The latest news from IPPro Patents
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
UPC stuck in Germany
15 June 2017 | Berlin | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Unified Patent Court’s (UPC) passage into law has been halted by the German President after the German Federal Constitutional Court challenged the ratification
Ukraine’s lack of reform progress concerns EU
13 June 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The country’s lack of progress in reforming its IP laws has not encouraged European officials, although Ukraine has made inroads online
European Commission to investigate Qualcomm
13 June 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Qualcomm is under investigation over competition concerns about its proposed acquisition of semiconductor rival NXP
SUEPO takes the Netherlands to human rights court over EPO tension
09 May 2017 | Strasbourg | Reporter: Barney Dixon
SUEPO said that the Netherlands had upheld the EPO’s immunity “allowing a breach of fundamental rights on their soil”
UK IP Unjustified Threats Bill receives royal assent
04 May 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The bill will provide protection for legal advisors and IP owners who face damages for “unjustified threats”
Brunel University London scientists develop prior art checker
28 April 2017 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The tool, which currently has the working title of the Design Assistant for Semantic Comparison of Intellectual Property, could prevent costly patent litigation
Law firm sees rise in fintech patents
20 April 2017 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
EMW's research revealed that the number of fintech patents filed worldwide is continuing to rise sharply, reaching 9,545 in 2016, up 6 percent from the 9,045 filed the year before