Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is a proposed common patent court which is open for participation to the member states of European Union only. The Court is to be established by the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court. The agreement will into force on the first day of the fourth month after satisfying three predefined conditions, which are as follows –

  1. Brussels I Regulation amendment entry into force.
  2. Ratification by 3 states with most European patents in effect in 2012 (presently France, Germany, United Kingdom)
  3. Ratification or accession by at least 13 states

As on date a total of 14 states have ratified the agreement. The UPC when set up will have jurisdiction to hear cases regarding infringement and revocation EU patents valid in contracting states. A single ruling of UPC will be directly applicable throughout the territories of the contracting states.

Siddhant Sharma

Siddhant is currently enrolled in a six year law programme at one of India's premier private law schools, due to graduate in April, 2018. His journey as a techno-legal student started in year 2012 as a matter of fate than choice, but since then legal studies have embarked and impressed upon him the desire to pursue advocacy, in particular corporate and commercial litigation. Apart from academics, he has always been interested in, and still continue to be inclined towards, niche practice areas and entrepreneurial endeavours. He finds joy in writing about Patents.

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