Today IP Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe has announced here that the UK government has signed a lease on prime office space in the newly built Aldgate Tower, near the heart of the City.  This will be the home of the London branch of the UPC central division and the UK’s local division, and demonstrates the UK’s commitment to making London an attractive forum for UPC litigation.  This site was preferred to the alternative option near London City Airport.  The facilities are currently under design, but are expected to include a super-court capable of accommodating the largest hearings.  The UK government intends to have completed ratification of the UPC Agreement by Spring 2016, and with the signature of this lease, the UK will be ready for a potential Q3 2016 start-date for the UPC.