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UPC Provisional Application Protocol signed, 1 October 2015


On 1 October the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application (http://www.unified-patent-court.org/images/documents/Protocol_to_the_Agreement_on_Unified_Patent_Court_on_provisional_application.pdf) has been signed by representatives of the member states.

The essential contents of the Protocol are the possibility to apply some parts of the UPC Agreement at an earlier stage, enabling final preparations for the Court to be made (in particular the recruitment of judges) and early registration of opt-outs. According to its announcement (http://www.unified-patent-court.org/news/96-protocol-to-the-upc-agreement) , the Preparatory Committee pre-dicted, that its work will be completed by June 2016 and that the Court will become fully operational in early 2017.