Friday, April 19 2024   \  Published by Tha Patent Lawyer.

The Irish Government announces referendum on joining the UPC

The Irish Government has announced that it will hold a referendum on joining the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in June 2024. This news moves Ireland closer to becoming the 18th EU country to join the UPC and unitary patent (UP) system. The news was widely welcomed by the Irish patent profession and organisations like Ibec who have estimated that the value to the Irish economy of joining the UPC could be as much as €1.6bn per year. Additionally, this will be welcome news to those UK-based patent litigation firms that have opened or bolstered their Dublin offices during 2023 to enable their dual-qualified UK/Irish patent litigators to register as UPC Representatives.

The UPC has had a successful first seven months with 217 individual actions filed (some as counterclaims) and over 18,000 requests for UPs. The judges in the UPC’s Court of First Instance have already shown they will scrutinize cases thoroughly and are willing to grant preliminary injunctions on UPs (covering all 17 UPC participating countries). The Court of Appeal has over 20 appeals filed from the early Judgments from the Local, Regional, and Central Divisions. Read more

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