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Italy: Becomes the 12th Country to Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

On February 10, 2017, Italy became the twelfth country to ratify the Unified Patent Court (“UPC”) Agreement.  Initially Italy objected to the UPC, but subsequently decided to become a participating member state for both the UPC and the European Unitary Patent if the UPC comes into effect in December 2017.  Both the UK and Germany will need to ratify the UPC Agreement for it to come into force.