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Legal Alert: Italy joins the Unitary Patent Scheme, UPC Protocol & Target Date Announced

October 5, 2015

Legal Alerts

Legal Alert: Italy joins the Unitary Patent Scheme, UPC Protocol & Target Date Announced

October 5, 2015

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​The EU Commission announced on September 30, 2015 that Italy has joined the Unitary Patent (UP) scheme. Italy had previously signed the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. Italy’s participation in both the UP and UPC will be effective after Italy ratifies the UPC Agreement and once the minimum ratification requirements (13 EU states including France, Germany and the UK) are met. See here. This is a very positive development if it does not cause the EPO Select Committee to increase the projected UP renewal fees. More news on proposed renewal fees is expected following the committee’s meeting on October 13-14, 2015.

The UPC Preparatory Committee announced on October 1, 2015 that a Protocol on provisional application of parts of the UPC Agreement has been signed.  It allows some parts of the UPC Agreement to be applied early, including the recruitment of judges, testing of IT systems and early registration of opt-out demands. See here for additional information.

The October 1st announcement also indicated that the target date for UPC opening is "at the start of 2017."

Fish will continue to provide you with information about UP and UPC developments.  Please visit our website http://www.fr.com/global/unitary-patent for more information.


The opinions expressed are those of the authors on the date noted above and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fish & Richardson P.C., any other of its lawyers, its clients, or any of its or their respective affiliates. This post is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed.