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Gepubliceerd op donderdag 15 juli 2021
IEF 20091

Artikel ingezonden door Wouter Pors, Bird & Bird.

Finally a green light for the start of the UPC

Finally a green light for the start of the UPC – an analysis of the ruling by the Bundesverfassungsgericht and the remaining preparatory work.

On 23 June 2021 the German Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued an order rejecting the requests for a preliminary injunction against ratification of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement . The order was published on 9 July 2021 [IEF 20078] and immediately drew a lot of attention, because this removed the most important obstacle for the start of the UPC. In fact, the UPC will now almost certainly open for business by the end of 2022, or the beginning of 2023 at the latest.
I will first discuss the judgment of the German Constitutional Court and then briefly the next steps towards the start of the UPC.
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