Insights Government publishes the Patents (European Patent with Unitary Effect and Unified Patent Court) (Repeal and Revocation) Regulations 2021


The Statutory Instrument repeals and revokes domestic legislation concerning the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the European Patent with Unitary Effect (Unitary Patent or UP).

This legislation would have implemented the UPC and UP system, but is no longer necessary following the withdrawal of the UK from the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on 20 July 2020.

The implementing legislation was due to take effect upon commencement of the UPC and UP system in the UK. However, this will now not occur. This instrument provides clarity by removing pending legislation relating to a system that the UK will not participate in. The UK patent system will continue to operate unchanged after the instrument passes. To access the legislation, click here.