Wednesday, 5 March 2014

First regional division of Unified Patent Court announced

The unified patent court agreement allows participating member states three choices: having no court at all, having a local court, or joining with other states and setting up a regional court. According to EU Commissioner Barnier, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have announced that they will from a regional division of the Unified Patent Court (UPC).
 
For a while there have been rumors that a Nordic court was in the making. However, the plans of Denmark to hold a referendum on the question of they will participate in the unitary patent disturbed that. Apparently, Sweden and the Baltic states have decided not to wait for the outcome of the Danish referendum in May, and have gone ahead with their own plans.  I wonder what the position of Finland is. Will they they opt for a local court or wait to join up with Denmark should they join the unitary patent?
 

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