The UPC Preparatory Committee has issued a statement advising that the UK referendum result will “to some extent delay the entry into operation of the UPC”. In view of this, the previously agreed timetable for recruitment of UPC judges is being revisited. The statement went on to advise that:

“Whilst the preparation of candidates’ selection has continued, the commencement of the next phase which would include calling candidates for interview, has to be re-scheduled as the appointment procedure, which will be led by the future Committees of the UPC, is dependent on the entry into force of the Protocol on Provisional Application and subsequently the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court.”

The full statement may be found here.