European Unified Patent Court Agreement signed


February 19, 2013 in Brussels 24 EU Member States signed the international agreement establishing the Unified Patent Court (UPC). The signing of the UPC agreement is an important step signifying over 40 years of combined efforts to create a unified European patent system. The agreement will enter into force once 13 countries have ratified it, including France, Germany and UK.

The Unified Patent Court is part of the new Unified European patent system and it’s establishing should reduce the legal costs of patent litigation.

The UPC will comprise a Court of First Instance, a Court of Appeal and a Registry. The Court of First Instance will be composed of a central division with seat in Paris (France) and two sections in London (UK) and Munich (Germany), in which will be investigated some of the cases, depending on patented invention.