Ireland must now step-up preparations for the Unified Patent Court

July 09, 2021

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today welcomed the German Constitutional Court ruling clearing the way for the Unified Patent Court to proceed across Europe. The Irish Government must ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement allowing Ireland to participate in this new court structure without delay, which will require a referendum. 
Ibec Senior Public Sector and Regulatory Executive Aidan Sweeney said: “Today’s ruling removes the last major hurdle for the new Unified Patent Court system for Europe. Ireland stands to gain significantly through participation in this specialist court, through hosting a Local Division in Dublin. Other countries, however, are far more advanced in their preparations for the new IP system. The new system will not wait for us. Government must take prompt action to ensure Ireland does not miss out.”