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Austrian Bundesrat approves ratification UPC Protocol on Provisional Application

December 02, 2021

Today, the Austrian Bundesrat (upper Chamber of the Austrian Parliament) unanimously decided not to object to the decision of the Nationalrat (lower Chamber of the Austrian Parliament) regarding the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on Provisional Application (PPA).

As reported earlier, the Nationalrat had decided in favour of ratification of the PPA.

The bill can now be passed to the Austrian President (Bundespräsident) for signing the bill and ordering the deposit of the instrument of ratification with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU.

Under Art 3(1) PPA, the Protocol will enter into force the day after Austria’s deposit, Austria being the thirteenth Signatory State to express its consent to be bound by the PPA.

The regularly updated overview on the ratification process, which has been compiled by the epi Litigation Committee, can be consulted here.

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