Law Society welcomes establishment of local branch of Unified Patent Court

The Law Society of Ireland has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton that a local division of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is to be established in Ireland, pending the positive outcome of a forthcoming referendum.

Director General Ken Murphy said, “This is good news for Ireland’s ‘Smart Economy’.” 

“In the Law Society’s submission on the issue, we argued that a local UPC court is essential for the economic life of the State. The ability to resolve transnational patent disputes in Ireland is key to attracting and retaining business in the country – particularly in the high-tech sector, but also for SMEs with an increasingly international vision.”

“Irish expertise in patent litigation continues to grow in tandem with the development of our high-tech sector. We see this as a further step in making Ireland a centre of excellence for patent dispute resolution.”