Unified Patent Court

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to ratify the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court; and what assessment his Department has made of whether the UK can remain a member of the Unified Patent Court after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

The Government confirmed in November 2016 that the UK will proceed with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement. Those preparations are progressing. No decision has been taken on our future involvement in the court once we have left the EU. That will be part of the negotiations which have not yet begun.

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