The Scottish Parliament yesterday approved the draft Scottish Statutory Instrument (The International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2017) which will confer certain devolved privileges and immunities on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and its Judges, Registrar and other staff. This follows the recommendation by the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee that the draft be approved (reported here).

Another draft Statutory Instrument (The Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017) is currently before the UK Parliament. This was laid on 26 June 2017 (reported here) and the next step is for it to be scrutinised by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.

The two Orders will together give effect to the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the UPC and allow the UK to ratify this Protocol and also the UPC Agreement.