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Italy's Italian UPC division
"On Friday, the Italian Government approved the draft bill for the ratification and implementation of the agreement establishing the Unified Patent Court. The press release accompanying the news states:
"The Board of Ministers, upon proposal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Paolo Gentiloni, approved the draft bill of ratification and implementation of the agreement on a Unified Patent Court, made in Brussels on February 19th, 2013. A rapid ratification of the agreement will allow Italy’s full participation in the enhanced cooperation on the European patent with unitary effect. This further phase of the development of the single market will allow Italian innovative businesses to benefit from a single patent valid throughout the EU and assisted by a supranational unitary and specialized jurisdiction. In addition, the protection against the entry of infringing products into the EU market will be higher. The entry into force of the Agreement will allow the opening of a local division of the Unified Patent Court in Italy: a project with a significant potential in terms of enhancement of Italian capabilities, which gives a signal on the intention of the Government to continue protecting and promoting the Italian language in Europe"
With the approval of the draft bill, the Italian Government has now passed the ball to the Italian Parliament, which will have to approve the draft bill to make it effective. It is understood that the target deadline for completing ratification is by the end of 2016. Assuming Germany and UK ratify as planned this year, Italy's ratification means that only one additional Member State will be needed for the UPC to kick off under Article 89 of the Unified Patent Court Agreement. That is, of course, leaving the potential risk of a Brexit out of the equation."And who will lucky number 13 be? The Netherlands, Lithuania or Bulgaria...? Any takers?