Important step for UPC as Germany ratifies PAP
Only a few days after Slovenia, Germany has also completed the ratification of the protocol on the provisional agreement (PAP) of the Unified Patent Court. As announced by the Ministry of Justice in Berlin, Germany deposited the corresponding ratification instrument in Brussels. Now, twelve of the required 13 UPC states have ratified the PAP. Austria is expected to complete this step shortly. Here, however, the government must still pass the corresponding law through parliament. As soon as Austria ratifies the PAP, the UPC organising committee can begin important preparations. This will include things such as selection of judges, electing a president, and ensuring all IT infrastructure is properly secured.
Slovenia ratifies PAP on UPC Agreement
Slovenia has finally ratified the protocol on the provisional agreement (PAP) of the Unified Patent Court. This latest development means that just two more countries must ratify before the preparation phase can begin. According to sources, Slovenia ratified the PAP on the 16 September 2021, although it will only come into force once the Official Gazette (of the Republic of Slovenia) publishes it, likely to be in the coming days. Now just two more countries need to ratify before the court preparations can begin. This is likely to be Austria and Germany, the latter of which is moving towards depositing the ratification bill for the PAP in autumn following a tumultuous battle to get the UPC through its courts.
UPC requires one more signatory state
The UPC must soon overcome an important hurdle. Before the preparatory work for the new court, as set out in the protocol on the provisional application (PAP), can begin, 13 member states must ratify the PAP. But so far, according to JUVE Patent sources, only Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden have signed the protocol. According to the German government, it plans to deposit the ratification bill for the PAP this autumn. Austria has signaled that it will also do so in the next two weeks. This means one more member state must sign the protocol before beginning preparations. Malta, Portugal and Slovenia are considered candidates for the missing ratification.