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Bork! Sweden ratifies UPC Agreement

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Bork! (Image via Max Geiger/Flickr under creative commons (link))

Bork! (Image via Max Geiger/Flickr under creative commons (click image for link))


According to the European Commission website, Sweden deposited its instrument of ratification on 5 June 2014 to become the third country to complete its ratification formalities. Sweden are involved in setting up a Nordic-Baltic regional division of the Unified Patent Court and join France and Austria as the three countries who have completed the ratification process. Belgium and Malta have ratified the agreement but not yet deposited their instruments of ratification.

IPcopy’s ratification infographic (see below) has been updated to reflect the news from Sweden (for an answer to the question “What’s up with this infographic?“, please see the bottom of the ratification post which also contains full details about the ratification process). 

UPC graphic 5 June 2014

Only, France, Germany and the UK are guaranteed a place in the first XIII but to get out on the pitch they need to prove their match fitness (i.e. they need to ratify the unified patent court agreement). Once we have 13 players (UK, FR, DE plus 10 others) then the game can get underway. Remaining players will form up on the bench.

State of Play (as of 5 June 2014)

Number of countries on the pitch = 3.

The European Commission website has been updated to show that Sweden deposited its instrument of ratification on 5 June 2014.

Sweden has now been added to the info-graphic above. Since Sweden’s football captain, Zlatan Ibrahimović, plays upfront that seemed a good place to add Sweden to the graphic.

Mark Richardson 10 June 2014

(Image via Flickr – link)



  1. Hans van de Heuvel says:

    The website of the european commission acting as the depositary of the treaty (http://www.consilium.europa.eu/policies/agreements/search-the-agreements-database?command=details&lang=en&aid=2013001&doclang=EN) has even better news: Belgium has ratified…
    Futhermore, the Danish act was signed into law (https://www.retsinformation.dk/forms/r0710.aspx?id=162933) last week;

  2. Hans van de Heuvel says:

    And then there were 5! The depositary of the UPC Agreement has now registered the ratification of Denmark (http://www.consilium.europa.eu/policies/agreements/search-the-agreements-database?command=details&lang=en&aid=2013001&doclang=EN). Wondering how long it takes for the PR-page of the commission to catch up 😉

    • Harald Springorum says:

      In Luxembourg the parliamentary ratification was initiated by letter of Henri Grand Duc de Luxembourg of June 13th 2014 to the parliament, received there on June 16th 2014.

      Do you know whats abt the ratification in the Netherlands?

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