Government tells CIPA it will not seek to be part of the UP/UPC system

CIPA was informed yesterday (February 27) by a personal telephone call to its President Richard Mair by IPO CEO Tim Moss that the Government will no longer seek to participate in the Unitary Patent or Unified Patent Court system. 

Richard Mair said: "This was not entirely unexpected, given the Government’s well-known views on the jurisdiction of the CJEU.

"British companies and SMEs will still be able to use the UPC if and when it comes into operation and, more importantly, the Rights of Audience of British-based European Patent Attorneys are unaffected by the Government’s decision. British companies and SMEs will still have the benefit of British representation by CIPA Fellows when litigating in the UPC."