Thursday, 6 August 2015

Portugal ratifies unified patent court

A commenter to a previous post alerts me that the President of Portugal has completed the Portuguese ratification process by decree.  The official page gives a link to 'Aprova o Acordo Relativo ao Tribunal Unificado de Patentes', which I presume means 'Approval of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court'.

Portugal has not yet deposited its instrument of ratification, but as far as I know this is only a matter of time. After this final formal step, Portugal will be the eighth state to ratify the unitary patent. Only 5 to go, including the UK and Germany.

The ratification of Portugal, puts Spain between two countries Italy and Portugal that have either ratified the unified patent court agreement or seem to be about to.

President of the Republic to give Presidential assent by decree and thereafter Portugal still needs to deposit its instrument of ratification in Brussels for it to be effective - See more at:
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