The UK will not be part of the Unitary Patent (UP) and a Unified Patent Court (UPC).

Last night a spokesperson from 10 Downing Street told IAM:

“I can confirm that the UK will not be seeking involvement in the UP/UPC system. Participating in a court that applies EU law and bound by the CJEU is inconsistent with our aims of becoming an independent self-governing nation.”

This means that the UPC no longer is taken hostage by Brexit and can become reality if the UK is written out of the UPC and the German constitutional court dismisses the pending case (which should be decided Q1 2020). This also means that the central division for UPC life science case definitively has to be moved away from London.

An alternatively outcome is that the entire system has to be rethought.

Read more about the UP/UPC system here.