UK takes first steps towards ratifying the UPC agreement / DK: Two regional chambers proposed for the Unified Patent Court, by Nicholas Fox and Ben Hall, Simmons & Simmons
On 08 May 2013, an Intellectual Property Bill1 was announced in the Queen’s Speech which will enable the UK to implement the Unified Patent Court Agreement. The new bill, in addition to providing a basis for enabling the UK to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, also makes a number of amendments to UK design law.
Clause 16 of the Bill will introduce a new section into the UK’s Patents Act giving the Secretary of State power to amend UK law to enable the Unitary Patent Court to take effect. There are no provisions in the Bill in relation to the Unitary Patent as any changes required to implement the Unitary Patent can be made under the existing powers the government has to amend national legislation to comply with EU obligations.