Signing of the Unified Patent Court agreement

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The international agreement for establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC) was signed today in Brussels. It will ensure the uniform applicability of patent law throughout the territories of the signatory countries.

Opening the signing ceremony, Mr Richard Bruton, Irish minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, said : “The signing of the Unified Patent Court is a truly historic moment, as it will give enterprises greater access to patent protection at European level, and make enforcement of patents affordable. It is an important milestone in the continued development of the single market – a priority for the Irish Presidency”.

The new court will avoid the occurrence of multiple court cases with regard to the same patent in different member states. This will also prevent contradictory court rulings on the same issues. It will also reduce costs of patent litigation. The UPC will be a court common to the contracting member states and thus subject to the same obligations under Union law as any national court. Here to read more.

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