Unified Patent Court and UK general election
As readers will be aware, on 18 April 2017 UK Prime Minister Theresa May called a General Election for 08 June 2017.
The call for a general election has delayed the UK’s implementation of some final legislation before it would be in a position to ratify the UPC Agreement, which had been expected to happen some time in late April/early May. Timing at this stage therefore is rather uncertain, as there will only be a short period in late June-mid July for a new UK Government to take the necessary steps.
We are monitoring progress and will be updating our website with news as we hear it although we do not expect there to be any clearer indication as to the future timetable for UPC commencement until late June.