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 patents with unitary effect.
It will consist of a Court of First Instance, a Court of Appeal and a Registry. The Court of First Instance will comprise a central division with seat in Paris and sections in London and Munich as well as regional divisions and local divisions located in the Contracting Member States. The Court of Appeal will be located in Luxembourg.
The start of operations is planned for early 2017, and it is expected that the Unified Patent Court quickly becomes a leading patent court at international level with rapidly growing caseload.
The recruitment of legally qualified and of technically qualified judges of the Unified Patent Court (Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal) has been launched with the publication of the vacancy notices in English, French, and German. The deadline for applications is 4 July 2016.
The finalization of the appointment procedure is dependent on the entry into force of the Protocol on Provisional Application and subsequently the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court.
Note added 28 June: There has been no change to the UPC recruitment process or its deadline of 4 July. If you are interested in applying for a judicial position as outlined in the vacancy notice you should submit your application by the stated deadline.