Yet another year of preparation has come to an end and it is time to sum up 2017 and plan ahead for 2018.
A case is currently pending in the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) concerning the law passed by the German Parliament on the implementation of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPCA).
The UPC case management system is the lifeblood of the court’s structure and its efficiency and reliability will be a key success factor.
A note from the IT Working Group Coordinator – Dario Pizzolante
The UK has deposited the document required to apply the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application (PPA) with the depository for the UPC Agreement. This protocol will allow some parts of the UPC Agreement to be applied provisionally.
As previously announced, the timetable for the start of the period of provisional application and the entry into force of the UPC Agreement is relying on the timely finalisation of national procedures concerning the ratification of the UPC Agreement (UPCA) and the participation in the Protocol on
As announced after the last meeting of the UPC’s Preparatory Committee on 15 March 2017, the timetable for the start of the period of provisional application and for the entry into force of the UPC Agreement is relying on the timely finalisation of national procedures concerning the ratification
The latest version of the draft Rules of Procedure can be found here.
The UPC Preparatory Committee met in The Hague on 15 March 2017 for the last time before the next stage of the project would commence; the phase of provisional application.
The Preparatory Committee is now working under the assumption that the Provisional Application Phase (PAP) will start end of spring 2017, presumably in May, and that the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPCA) can enter into force and the Court become operational in December 2017.