On 28 November 2016 the UK Government confirmed that it is proceeding with preparations to ratify of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. This seminar will explain the key features of the UPC and will address three questions that will arise in relation to the participation of the UK in the UPC post-Brexit: (1) What arrangements could be put in place so that the UK could participate in the UPC post-Brexit? (2) How might the Regulation on the European Patent with Unitary Effect apply post-Brexit? (3) What would happen should the UK decide to leave the UPC after ratification?

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Each year the OIPRC hosts a number of leading academics from around the world as part of its Invited Speaker Series. These events typically run from 5:15-6:45pm on Thursday evenings at St. Peter’s College, but please note that this event will be held on the *Tuesday 21 February in the Law Board Room, Law Faculty, St Cross Road.  The Speaker Series consists of a presentation of about 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session with the assembled group of academic staff, students (both undergraduate and graduate), researchers, and interested members of the public.  Discussion is informal and includes participants from several disciplines, with a wide range of prior knowledge.

Convenors: Graeme Dinwoodie, Dev Gangjee and Robert Pitkethly

Refreshments and snacks are served at the conclusion of the discussion.  All are welcome.