CIPA welcomes commitment to UK membership of the UPC system in Brexit White paper

Published: 12 July, 2018

The Government has said it intends to explore remaining within the Unified Patent Court and unitary patent system in a White Paper on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published today.  

CIPA President Stephen Jones said: “CIPA welcomes the Government’s continued commitment to the establishment of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), and to exploring options for the UK’s continued membership of it after Brexit. The White Paper acknowledges the benefit to business of the UPC in providing a streamlined process for enforcing patents through a single court. It therefore says that the UK will work with other contracting states to make sure the Unified Patent Court Agreement can continue on a firm legal basis.

“The White Paper also says that the Government will explore other options on intellectual property after Brexit, including participation in the unitary patent system. 

“CIPA also welcomes the commitment to future cooperation on IP to give right holders a confident and secure basis from which to operate in and between the UK and the EU.”