Ireland Delays Referendum on Unified Patent Court

UPC-News | 17.04.2024

The Irish government has postponed the referendum originally set for June 7 on joining the Unified Patent Court (UPC), citing the need for greater public understanding and discussion. The decision, announced by Peter Burke, Ireland's Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, comes as the country prepares for simultaneous local and European elections, which are expected to dominate the public discourse, potentially overshadowing important discussions on the UPC.

Minister Burke emphasized the government's stance that membership in the UPC is crucial for Ireland, highlighting the economic benefits and jurisdictional changes associated with the court. However, he acknowledged the low public awareness and familiarity with the patent court's functions and implications.

There is no confirmed date on which the vote will instead be held.