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Bulgaria joins the Unified Patent Court Agreement

Bulgaria deposited its instrument of ratification of the UPC Agreement with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU on 3 June 2016. This is required for the ratification to have effect.

Bulgaria is the 10th country to take this step and, apart from the UK and Germany (the remaining two of the three mandatory ratifying countries), only one more country is required to ratify in order for the UPC Agreement to come into force.

Once the 13th instrument of ratification is deposited the new system will come into effect three months later.