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The UPC is an international organisation with the following governing bodies: the Administrative Committee, the Budget Committee and the Advisory Committee.

The Administrative Committee, amongst other things,

  • adopts the secondary legislation of the Court;
  • amends inter alia the Rules of Procedure of the Court, the Financial Regulations, and the court fees;
  • appoints the judges.

The Administrative Committee comprises as members representatives from each state in which the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) is in force as well as observers, including the European Commission.

A list of all the representatives can be found below.

Each state that is a member of the Committee has one vote. The Administrative Committee generally adopts its decisions by a majority of three quarters of the states represented and voting.

A chairperson is elected from amongst the members for a renewable term of three years. The Chairperson of the Administrative Committee is currently Mr Johannes Karcher (DE) and the Deputy Chairperson is Mr Paul van Beukering (NL).

The Administrative Committee has its own Rules of Procedure.


Mr Johannes Karcher (DE)
Deputy Chairperson:
Mr Paul van Beukering (NL)
  • AT: Austria
  • Member:
    Ms Raphaela Tiefenbacher
    Alternate member:
    Sofie Steller
  • BE: Belgium
  • Member:
    Mr Geoffrey Bailleux
    Alternate member:
    Mr Gunther Aelbrecht
  • BG: Bulgaria
  • Member:
    Ms Olya Dimitrova
    Alternate member:
    Ms Iveta Istiliyanova
  • DK: Denmark
  • Member:
    Ms Laila Lindemark
    Alternate member:
    Mr Asbjørn Hæstrup Hansen
  • EE: Estonia
  • Member:
    Mr Margus Viher
  • FI: Finland
  • Member:
    Ms Anne Hallavainio
    Alternate member:
    Ms Maija Lönnqvist
  • FR: France
  • Member:
    Mr Max Brunner
    Alternate member:
    Ms Indira Lemont-Spire
  • DE: Germany
  • Member:
    Mr Christian Wichard
    Alternate member:
    Mr Johannes Karcher
  • IT: Italy
  • Member:
    Mr Sem Fabrizi
    Alternate member:
    Simona De Martino
  • LV: Latvia
  • Member:
    Olga Zeile
  • LT: Lithuania
  • Member:
    Algis Balezentis
    Alternate member:
    Asta Godiené
  • LU: Luxembourg
  • Member:
    Mr Jean Olinger
    Alternate member:
    Nathalie Grignard
  • MT: Malta
  • Member:
    Vanessa Grech
    Alternate member:
    Eunice-Maria Fiorini
  • NL: Netherlands
  • Member:
    Mr Paul van Beukering
    Alternate member:
    Mr Thijs van den Heuvel
  • PT: Portugal
  • Member:
    Joao M.Amaral
    Alternate member:
    Carla Albuquerque
  • SI: Slovenia
  • Member:
    Ms Daša Vidmar Mikšić
    Alternate member:
    Ms Tanja Trtnik
  • SE: Sweden
  • Member:
    Ms Louise Petrelius
    Alternate member:
    Petter Söderbäck
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Spain (ES)

Unified Patent Court:

President of the Court of Appeal and President of the Court of First Instance, assisted by other members of the Presidium and by officials and staff of the Unified Patent Court.

Chairperson of the Budget Committee:

Mr Bruno Leboullenger (FR)

Chairperson of the Advisory Committee:

Mr Willem Hoyng

  • European Commission;
  • European Patent Office;
  • European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW);
  • European Patent Litigators Association (EPLIT);
  • The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) ;
  • BusinessEurope.