According to the IP business media platform IAM, the UK government has confirmed that the UK is not planning on becoming a member of the Unified Patent Court system - despite the country’s ratification of the underlying agreement in 2018. Although it was not impossible for the UK to participate in the UPC after leaving the EU, a number of questions were still unanswered.

“The UK will not be seeking involvement in the unitary patent/UPC system. Participating in a court that applies EU law and bound by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is inconsistent with our aims of becoming an independent self-governing nation”, said a UK government spokesperson.

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) will be a court common to the Contracting Member States with exclusive competence in respect of European patents and European patents with unitary effect.