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Brexit negotiations: Starting with the UPC Agreement

As Brexit looms, Ashfords head of patents Kaya Elkiner explores what the future may hold for the role of the Unified Patent Court in the UK.

On 28 November 2016, the UK government confirmed “it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement“. This should be encouraging to proponents of the Unified Patent Court, especially as the terms of the Agreement have been only recently agreed after decades of negotiations between EU member states.  Ratification by the UK is one of the very last hurdles. However, Brexit has made that last hurdle more difficult to overcome.

This article was first published by The Global Legal Post and the original article can be found online here.