Thursday, 1 May 2014

Ratification law of unitary patent passes Belgium Parlement

Belgium parliament has accepted the ratification law for the unitary patent.

Last March the Belgium senate approved a "Wetsontwerp houdende instemming met de Overeenkomst betreffende het eengemaakt octrooigerecht, gedaan te Brussel op 19 februari 2013". (Proposal of law containing agreement with the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court, done at Brussels on February 19, 2013).

Now the law has also passed the House of Representative, on April 23, 2014. A few formal steps still need to be taken before we have full ratification. First, the law has to pass the symbolic stage of signing by the King of Belgium before going into effect. After that the instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union.

We will be keeping an eye on the EU ratification progress to see when it shows up.

It may take some time though. Two month ago, we reported that Malta's Parliament appeared to have completed the ratification progress. But it seems that the ratification has not yet been posted to the EU.

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