As noted in an earlier post the agreement on the unified patent court (UPC) was signed by 24 member states on 19 February 2013.
Spain, Poland and Bulgaria were the three member states who did not sign the UPC agreement. Spain are sitting out of the unitary patent package completely at present and so have not signed. Poland and Bulgaria are part of the enhanced cooperation club that the unitary regulations have been prepared under. Poland, however, has decided to take a wait-and-see approach and so did not sign the UPC agreement. Bulgaria intends to sign as soon as it has made appropriate preparations.
In light of the UPC signing ceremony the Ratification Game post has been updated along with the football info-graphic. The full post can be found here but in the meantime here’s the updated graphic.
The graphic above shows the changes following the signing of the UPC document. The main change being the inclusion of Italy within the UPP United team. The Italian team member is wearing a different shirt colour because, even though they’ve signed the UPC agreement, they are not otherwise taking part in the unitary patent proposals.
Mark Richardson 28 February 2013