UPC Agreement

January 21, 2016

Finland: Ratifies the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement

Finland has become the latest country to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement (since Portugal ratified the Agreement last August), raising the total number of confirmed participants to nine.  Four more signatures are required to ratify the UPC Agreement including ratifications from Germany and the UK in order for the Agreement to take effect.  Issues related to renewal fees and how they are distributed between national IP offices and the EPO, have already been finalized.