The original timetable for recruitment of UPC judges was to complete interviews and make appointments early in 2017. The current timetable is being revisited in the light of the result of the referendum in the UK, which will to some extent delay the entry into operation of the UPC.
The 18th Preparatory Committee was held in Paris.
The 17th meeting of the Preparatory Committee was held in Stockholm, Sweden.
Today, 29 June 2016, a protocol on privileges and immunities to the UPC Agreement has been signed by representatives of member states in the margins of COREPER I meeting in Brussels.
The UPC are pleased to collaborate with the Union pour la Juridiction unifiée du brevet (which includes the following: AACEIPI – AAPI – ACPI – AFEP – AFPPI – AIPPI – APEB – ASPI – CGPME – CNCPI – ICC France – INPI – LES France – MEDEF – Ordre des Avocats Paris) for a mock trial on the UPC opt-out
There are a number of updated Q&A’s on the fee section page. These can be found here.
The Committee continues on the path of organising meetings at or in the vicinity of the future seats/divisions of the UPC.
EPLAW, EPLIT and epi has taken on the task to help the Preparatory Committee develop a draft Code of Conduct for representatives who appear before the Court, as referred to in the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court.
The Unified Patent Court, a new supranational court specialised in patent litigation, based on the Unified Patent Court Agreement signed by 25 Member States of the European Union will have a wide and exclusive competence in respect of infringement and validity of European patents and European pat