CIPA commends government for agreeing to ratify the UPC agreement

Published: 29 November 2016

CIPA has commended the Government for its decision to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement.

Tony Rollins, President of CIPA, congratulated the Government for its commitment to a project which he said was good for business and had been in gestation for 40 years.

“It is great news that the Government is moving forwards with this important project,” he said.

“A Europe-wide patent court was one of the key aspects of the original Community Patent project in the 1970s. The project led to the European Patent Convention and the EPO. It has taken much work and effort from all involved to reach the decision to ratify.

“Above all, the UPC will be good for business, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, as it will reduce their costs and streamline administrative processes.”

Dr Rollins said it was important to remember that the Unified Patent Court, which will have a pharmaceutical and life science court in London, was not a European Union institution but will be a court founded by international treaty.