In the UK, there is no need to pass a formal law authorising treaties before they are ratified, but Ponsonby`s rule provides that they will be submitted to Parliament on the ground, which the government did for the UPC Convention of 23 June 2013.  The Intellectual Property Act 2014 was approved by Parliament and came into force on May 14, 2014. Section 17 authorises the Secretary of State to provide, by decision, for the implementation of the jurisdiction of the Unified Patent Court in the United Kingdom if a draft decision has been approved by Parliament.  This means that ratification of the UPC will not take place until the corresponding implementing ordinances have been approved by Parliament. . . .