Posted by Laura Ercoli on Friday January 15th, 2021

German Unified Patent Court legislation on hold pursuant to constitutional appeal

Germany’s federal president has put on hold the signing into law of the Unified Patent Court Agreement ratification law while the Constitutional court examines Dr. Stjerna’s appeal.

Pursuant to receiving two constitutional appeals against Germany’s draft ratification law of the Unified Patent Court Agreement, late in December 2020 (see here), this week the German federal constitutional court asked the federal president not to sign the approved draft into law until further notice. The president has reportedly decided to comply with the request.ratifica tedesca dell'Accordo sul Tribunale unificato dei brevetti

Ingve Bjorn Sterna, the German patent lawyer who has admitted to filing one of the appeals, and had filed a previous, partially successful appeal against an earlier draft ratification law in 2017, has stated that his current appeal requests the court to issue an interim injunction, ordering the involved institutions to desist from completing the ratification process until a decision is issued on the merits of the case.

Although no decision on the interim injunction has yet been taken, the court has nonetheless requested that the legislative process be suspended.

The court has also reportedly confirmed that the other appeal, filed on the same day as Mr. Stjerna’s in December, is signed by a group of complainants including a private individual, a company and an association.

Should the court consider one or both of the new appeals admissible, the opening of the Unified Patent Court Agreement could be (further) delayed by at least two years.

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