MIP October 13: What The Unitary Patent Will Mean For Business
On December 11 2012, the European Parliament voted on the adoption of the Unitary Patent Regulation and the Translation Arrangements Regulation. Two months later, on February 19 2013, 24 of the 28 EU member states signed the Unified Patent Court Agreement. On August 7 2013, Austria became the first country to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement. It now remains to be ratified by a further 12 member states including France, Germany and the UK before coming into force.