According to the European Commission website, Sweden deposited its instrument of ratification on 5 June 2014 to become the third country to complete its ratification formalities. Sweden are involved in setting up a Nordic-Baltic regional division of the Unified Patent Court and join France and Austria as the three countries who have completed the ratification process. Belgium and Malta have ratified the agreement but not yet deposited their instruments of ratification.
IPcopy’s ratification infographic (see below) has been updated to reflect the news from Sweden (for an answer to the question “What’s up with this infographic?“, please see the bottom of the ratification post which also contains full details about the ratification process).
Only, France, Germany and the UK are guaranteed a place in the first XIII but to get out on the pitch they need to prove their match fitness (i.e. they need to ratify the unified patent court agreement). Once we have 13 players (UK, FR, DE plus 10 others) then the game can get underway. Remaining players will form up on the bench.
State of Play (as of 5 June 2014)
Number of countries on the pitch = 3.
The European Commission website has been updated to show that Sweden deposited its instrument of ratification on 5 June 2014.
Sweden has now been added to the info-graphic above. Since Sweden’s football captain, Zlatan Ibrahimović, plays upfront that seemed a good place to add Sweden to the graphic.
Mark Richardson 10 June 2014
(Image via Flickr – link)