#JWPBlog – The revolution in the european patent protection system is approaching

05 January 2022

The year 2021 has seen further unexpected developments on the way to the implementation of the unitary patent protection system in Europe. Following the ruling made in March 2020 by the German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe stating that the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) had been ratified by the Parliament by an insufficient majority of votes (ref. 2 BvR 739/17), it seemed that once again the brakes would be put on the efforts taken to establish the system. It was speculated behind the scenes that the nearly three years of waiting for the ruling in this case could have been related to Brexit, since the final withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU structures created problems also from the UPCA perspective. However, from that moment on, things have been happening surprisingly fast.

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