17th Preparatory Committee – 30 June 2016

The 17th meeting of the Preparatory Committee was held in Stockholm, Sweden. The Committee had the opportunity to view the premises of the Regional Division of the UPC which is co-located with the District Court of Stockholm (photos are available separately on this website, see UPC locations).

The Committee endorsed a number of papers, namely a set of rules on financial management during the period of provisional application, how to structure the corporate functions, and regulations relating to judges and staff. Some minor technical work is to be completed on these items during the summer but the Committee is not expected to have to come back to them in meeting.

The Committee agreed on a set of consequential amendments to the Rules of Procedure following the previous agreement on the court fees and on a Code of Conduct for representatives who appear before the Court.

Furthermore the Committee endorsed the draft budget of the UPC with the clear caveat that it will be to some extent a “live document” subject to changes before finally adopted by the Administrative Committee.

Following the result of the UK referendum the Chair acknowledged and the Committee endorsed that pending more clarity about different possible scenarios work dedicated to the technical implementation should continue to progress as envisaged, in accordance with the mandate of the Committee. This would include the completion of the recruitment process which will close on 4 July 2016. See also this separate statement from the Chairmen of the UPC Preparatory Committee and the EPO Select Committee.

The next meeting of the Committee has been scheduled for early October 2016.