German ratification of UPC on hold
German ratification of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is on hold.
As will be recalled, after the Bundesrat, the Upper House of the German Parliament, had passed the ratification bill of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) on 18 December 2020, two complaints, 2 BvR 2216/20 and 2 BvR 2217/20, were filed with the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe.
As before, the Federal Constitutional Court has asked the Federal President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to wait with execution of the bill, and his spokesperson has indicated the federal president will wait.
The second complaint is accompanied by a request to oblige the involved institutions by an interim order to desist from completing the ratification of the UPCA until the Federal Constitutional Court has decided on the merits of this second complaint.