Bulgaria Ratifies UPC Provisional Application Protocol
On July 24, 2018, Bulgaria deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application (PPA) of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement with the Council of the EU.
The PPA will allow some parts of the UPC Agreement and the UPC Statute to be applied provisionally. It is one of the documents required to prepare the structural, organizational and financial functioning of the UPC.
The PPA will enter into force the day after Germany, France, the United Kingdom and 10 other signatory states have either ratified or informed the depositary that they have received parliamentary approval to ratify the UPC Agreement and have agreed on the PPA application.
Bulgaria’s ratification brings the total number of states which agreed on the PPA application to eight, including the UK and France. Germany and four more countries need to ratify or make a declaration with respect to the PPA for it to enter into force.
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Source: Council of the EU
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