UK confirms no participation in UPC

Something that has been speculated for some time, and now has confirmed, the UK will not participate in the Unified Patent Court system.

A system that was being introduced to gain some unity across Europe in terms of patent protection, in line with other types of intellectual property, the UPC system hit a major road block, otherwise known as Brexit.

The UK being a strong IP country, its inclusion in this would cause many less of a headache when trying to secure protection for their invention.

From its beginning in 2013, as part of the agreement adopted the UK, France and Germany has to be involved as well as 11 other EU countries in order for the agreement to come into force.

While the UK ratified the agreement, the main holdup was with Germany who battled internally with a legal challenge against its ratification.

Now, as the rules state the UPC will be governed by EU law and have the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), which goes against Brexit, it is not looking good for the system.

The UK Government has confirmed that the UK will not be participating or seeking any involvement in the system.

With Germany still up in the air, it will be interesting to see if the system survives at all, but one thing is for sure, is the UK is out for good.

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