Implications of Brexit on the UPC

The UK's vote to leave the EU on 23 June 2016 raised considerable uncertainty about whether or not the UK would be part of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC), and indeed whether the entire project would continue.  In July 2020 the UK Government withdrew ratification of the UPC.  The UPC Agreement states that all suitably qualified European Patent Attorneys may represent clients at the UPC, with no requirement as to nationality.  Under the draft rules which have been agreed, all UK European Patent Attorneys who are also UK Chartered Patent Agents are suitably qualified.

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