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Hogan Lovells Comments on UK Government Preparing to Ratify UPC Agreement

30 November 2016

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Commenting on the news that the UK government is preparing to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement, Hogan Lovells partner Daniel Brook said:

"The move has taken many intellectual property lawyers and experts by surprise. Given the result of the UK referendum in June it seemed unlikely that the UK would accept a system designed to increase harmonisation in the EU, and predictions were that the UK would stall on ratification of the agreement.

"It now looks fairly certain that the UPC will come into force at some point in 2017, with its Central Division branch for Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences at Aldgate Tower in London. But it leaves open a range of unanswered questions about what happens to the UPC post-Brexit."

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