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Lithuania ratifies the UPCA

25 August 2017

On Thursday 24 August, Lithuania ratified the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA), bringing the total number of ratifications to fourteen. As it stands, applicants will be able to protect their inventions in at least 16 countries (the existing 14 plus UK and Germany) with a single Unitary Patent (UP) when the system is implemented.

Ratification of the Agreement by the UK and Germany is still required before the Unitary Patent Package can come into force.

As we previously reported here, German ratification is currently stalled. For further information and updates, please keep up to date with our Unitary Patent Package section of our website, here.


James Mitchell and Russell Barton
Electronics, Computing & Physics group

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