Published on February 07, 2017
The European Patent Organisation (EPO) currently counts 38 Member States across Europe which ratified the European Patent Convention (EPC). The mission of the European Patent Office (the operational arm of the Organisation) is to grant a central European Patent which needs to be “validated” in each of the Member States targeted by the IP owner. Ultimately, the national IP rights originating from European patents are equivalent to national patents granted by that Member State.
Published on December 13, 2016
After months of uncertainty following Brexit, the UK government confirmed that it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA).
The UPCA must be ratified by at least 13 EU countries. France, Germany and the UK must all ratify the Agreement to bring it into force. Until a couple of weeks ago, 11 countries had ratified the Agreement, with the UK’s position undecided. Germany still remains to declare its intentions on the ratification process.
Published on October 17, 2016
The Belgian Parliament recently adopted a new regulation (Law of 29th June 2016, containing various provisions regarding the economy, articles 22, 48, 60) impacting patent validations in Belgium. This new law is not a ratification of the London Agreement per se. However, it has equivalent practical effects.