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Starting date
There is no fixed starting date of entry into force of the UP system yet.
Key requirements for the Unified Patent System for entering into force are:

  • Deposit of at least 13 instrument of ratification or accession by participating EU Member States in accordance with    art. 84 UPC

          Number of ratifications or accessions yet: 9 (as of February 2016)

  • France, Germany and the United Kingdom must be included among these 13 states

          Still open for ratification or accession: Germany, UK (as of February 2016)

  • Date of entry into force is the first day of the 4th month after the above requirement are fulfilled.