Minister of IP appointed, UPC on track?
Jo was previously the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation from July 2016 to January 2018 and, as such, has been re-appointed to this role. That the role includes IP has been confirmed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/people/jo-johnson#current-roles.
It was Jo, who in the course of Brexit negotiations back in 2016, confirmed, to the surprise of many that the UK intended to participate in the Unified Patent Court System. Jo said that participation would be of benefit to UK business, and then guided the legislation required for ratification of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) through Parliament. Boris Johnson, then as Foreign Secretary, signed off the ratification in 2018, April.
Boris Johnson is now Prime Minister (at the time of writing), so observers may conclude that between them the two Johnson brother’s presence in Government bodes well for the UK’s continued support for participation in the UPC.