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  • 2022
    February 2022
    Meeting of EPO President António Campinos with Alexander Ramsay, Chairman of the Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court, and representatives of the participating member states to launch preparations for the start of the Unified Patent Court.
  • 2022
    January 2022
    The Protocol on Provisional Application of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court entered into force on January 19, 2022, with the deposit of the instrument of ratification by Austria. This marked the beginning of the phase of provisional application of the UPC, which is expected to last eight months.
  • 2021
    December 2021
    Austria adopted the Protocol to the Unified Patent Court on December 02, 2021 as the 13th and thus last necessary state.
  • 2021
    October 2021
    Slovenia followed Germany on October 15, 2021, leaving only one member state short of the required 13 before preparations for the UPC can begin.
  • 2021
    September 2021
    Germany ratified the Protocol on Provisional Application of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on September 12, 2021. The instrument of ratification was deposited on September 27, 2021.
  • 2021
    July 2021
    In its decision of June 23, 2021 (2 BvR 2216/20, 2 BvR 2217/20), the BVerfG dismissed two applications for a temporary injunction against ratification. The constitutional complaints were inadmissible on the merits, as the complainants had not sufficiently substantiated the possibility of a violation of their fundamental rights.
  • 2020
    July 2020
    The United Kingdom announced its withdrawal from the UPC system on July 20, 2020. The withdrawal notification of ratification was deposited. Formal withdrawal of ratification followed on July 28, 2020.
  • 2020
    February 2020
    In its decision of 13 February 2020 (BvR 739/17), the BVerfG declared the German Act Approving the UPCA formally unconstitutional.
    • 2018
      December 2018
      Latvia (11 January) and the United Kingdom (24 April) have ratified the EU Patent Convention in 2018.
    • 2017
      December 2017
      Italy (February 10), Estonia (August 1) and Lithuania (August 24) have ratified the EU Patent Convention in 2017.
    • 2016
      December 2016
      Finland (January 19), Bulgaria (June 3) and the Netherlands (September 14) have ratified the EU Patent Convention in 2016.
    • 2015
      December 2015
      Luxembourg (22 May) and Portugal (28 August) have ratified the EU Patent Convention in 2015.
    • 2014
      December 2014
      France (March 14), Sweden (June 5), Belgium (June 6), Denmark (June 20) and Malta (December 9) have ratified the EU Patent Convention in 2014.
    • 2013
      August 6, 2013
      Austria is the first country to ratify the agreement on the EU Patent Press Release of the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

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