Patents tracker
Patents tracker

The following IP guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Patents tracker
  • Brexit and intellectual property rights
  • Unified Patent Court
  • Legislation
  • Judgments
  • Consultations
  • Open consultations
  • Closed consultations

This Practice Note is intended to be used to track the progress of judgments, legislative proposals and consultations related to patents and trade secrets.

Jump to: Brexit—IP rights, and Unified Patent Court; Legislation; Judgments.

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—IP rights.

For archived items on patents, see Practice Note: Patents tracker [Archived].

Brexit and intellectual property rights

The likely impact of Brexit on IP rights is explored in detail in the Practice Note: Brexit—IP rights.

For details of developments in the negotiations between the UK and the EU in relation to the treatment of IP rights following Brexit, and the legislative changes that will be required in order to implement the changes, see Practice Note: Intellectual property—Brexit tracker.

For further practical guidance on the legal and practical implications of Brexit across a range of practice areas, see: Brexit toolkit.

Unified Patent Court

In December 2012, an agreement was reached on the so-called 'patent package', a legislative initiative consisting of two regulations (Regulation (EU) 1257/2012 implementing enhanced co-operation in the area of the creation of unitary