From IPcopy reader Gonçalo Paiva e Sousa comes news that the Portuguese president has apparently ratified the UPC Agreement.
Gonçalo’s comment in full reads:
“The Portuguese president has ratified the UPC Agreement, after the parliament approval. It is now official that Portugal has ratified the Unitary Patent Court Agreement – Presidential Decree n.º 90/2015 dated August 6, 2015.”
The text of the announcement can be found here.
Currently 7 countries have ratified the UPC Agreement and deposited their instrument of ratification (see IPcopy’s ongoing ratification tracker post). Once Portugal deposits its instrument of ratification we’ll update the post to take the tally to 8. The UPC Agreement requires 13 countries (including the UK, France and Germany) to ratify the agreement before it can enter into force.
Mark Richardson 6 August 2015