In a press release, the Foreign Ministry of Austria has communicated that Austria has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Agreement on a unified patent Court on August 7, 2013. However, the original optimistic hopes of the EU Commission that the first patents with unitary effect might be granted in April 2014 will not become reality. This would have required that by November 2013 at least 13 States including the United Kingdom, France and Germany would have ratified the Agreement. At present, bills are pending in France and the United Kingdom, whereas the legislative process has not yet started in Germany due to the imminent end of the legislative period.
Read the Austrian press release here.
Reported by Dr. Rudolf Teschemacher