On 26 January 2024, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Italy signed the formal agreement on the Headquarters of the third seat of the UPC Central Division in Milan. The finalization of the agreement was announced with a press release by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The agreement was signed in Milan between the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UPC, represented by the President of the UPC Court of Appeals, Klaus Grabinski.
The headquarters’ Agreement follows the decision of the Administrative Committee of the Unified Patent Court of June last on the creation of the Milan seat of Central Division to replace the former London section (see The IPkat here and here).
The Milan seat will start its operations on 1st June 2024 and will have jurisdiction over patent disputes in the “human necessities” sector, thus including pharmaceutical and medical device industries, agricultural industry, food industry, tobacco industry, home appliances industry, clothing industry, wood and furniture industry, fire-fighting industry, sports and gaming industry. Read more