The Unified Patent Court: Past Present and Future

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At the time of writing, the future of the UPC has been thrown into doubt in the wake of the unanticipated exit of the UK from the EU. Some have suggested elaborate mechanisms to enable the UK to remain part of the UPCA as an ex-EU Member, whilst others are dismissing the suggestion as intrinsically inconsistent with the CJEU’s Opinion 1/09, declaring the package now defunct. For sure these and other legal options to secure the survival of the UPC will be explored further as the drama of the UK’s Brexit begins to take legal shape. Whatever options are pursued will have to contend with the limitations of the existing legal structure which are identified in this chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe European Union and the International Dispute Settlement Mechanism
EditorsMarise Cremona, Ann Thies, Ramses Wessels
PublisherHart Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781509903238
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Sept 2017


  • UPC - Brexit - European Patent system


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