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The UPC can officially commence this summer as a result of ratification by Germany.

On 17 Februari 2023, the German government deposited its instrument of ratification of the UPc agreement with the council of the European Union. This establishes thay the new unitary patent system will enter into force on 1 June 2023. Germany is... Read the complete article

Recent developments in the United Kingdom and in Germany lead to further uncertainty regarding the Unitary Patent and the Unitary Patent Court.

Post-Brexit, the UK announced not to become a member state to the UPC as “Participating in a court that applies EU law and bound by the CJEU is inconsistent with our aims of becoming an independent self-governing nation.” Although the... Read the complete article

Plants produced via essentially biological processes appear patentable after all.

It seems that the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Organization decided that plants that are produced according to essentially biological processes are still patentable in contrast with the recently amended European Patent Convention... Read the complete article