Despite the result of the UK referendum on 23 June 2016, the preparations for the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court will go on as planned. This is according to a joint statement from the UPC Preparatory Committee and the EPO Select Committee, issued on 1 July 2016.
The impact of the UK's Brexit vote was discussed at the Preparatory Committee's 17th meeting on 30 June in Stockholm, Sweden. The Chairman of the UPC Preparatory acknowledged and the Committee endorsed that pending more clarity about different possible scenarios work dedicated to the technical implementation should continue to progress as envisaged, in accordance with the mandate of the Committee. This would include the completion of the recruitment process which will close on 4 July 2016.
According to the joint statement issued following the meeting:
"Last week's vote in the United Kingdom in favour of leaving the European Union has given rise to questions concerning the future of the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent Protection.
At this stage it is too early to assess what the impact of this vote on the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent Protection eventually could be. This will largely depend on political decisions to be taken in the course of the next months. It has to be recalled that for the time being the United Kingdom remains a Member State of the European Union and a Signatory State of the Unified Patent Court Agreement.
Pending more clarity about different possible scenarios the chairmen of the Preparatory Committee and the Select Committee are of the opinion that the work dedicated to the technical implementation should continue to progress as envisaged, in accordance with the mandate of both Committees and in line with the clear wish of the user community to bring the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent into operation as soon as possible."