Following recent posts about Sweden and Belgium depositing their instruments of ratification in Brussels (Bork! and Belgium), we understand* that Denmark has now also deposited its instrument of ratification. This information is available on the Council of the European Union website here. This news brings the total official number of countries in the unitary patent system to five (after Austria, France, Sweden and Belgium).
Denmark is expected to host a local division of the UPC in Copenhagen, with Danish and English being the languages of the proceedings.
IPcopy’s ratification infographic (see below) has been updated to reflect the news for Denmark (as we noted in earlier posts, 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 (remember we need a 5-5-2 formation!) 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 20 June 2014)
Number of countries on the pitch = 5.
The website of the Council of the European Union has been updated to show that Denmark deposited its instrument of ratification on 20 June 2014.
Denmark has now been added to the info-graphic above. Since Denmark’s football captain, Daniel Agger, plays in defence that seemed a good place to add Denmark to the graphic.
Mark Richardson 23 June 2014
* Thanks again Hans for the heads up! (Think I’m going to have to call you Mr F5 refresh!