Austria approves ratification of Unified Patent Court

The Austrian Bundesrat (the upper legislative chamber in the Austrian Parliament) did not object on 2 December to the decision of the Nationalrat (lower Chamber of the Austrian Parliament) regarding the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on Provisional Application (PPA).

As reported earlier, the Nationalrat has already decided in favour of the ratification of the PPA.

The law can now be passed to the Austrian Federal President (Bundespräsident) who will sign the law and will arrange for the deposit of the instrument of ratification to the Agreement to be filed with the European Union.

This Protocol will enter into force the day after Austria’s deposit as Austria is the thirteenth state to agree to be bound by the PPA and will trigger the start of the preparation for the Unified Patent Court for the European Union.

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