UPC Judicial Recruitment - 2019 Top-up Campaign now open!

Following the major recruitment campaign in 2016 for judicial positions (both legal and technical) of the UPC, the Preparatory Committee has agreed to re-open recruitment for judicial positions to new applications.

Given it has been three years since the last campaign, it is now right to call for new applications. This will allow those that were not eligible, or decided not to apply three years ago, to submit an application provided they now meet the correct criteria.

This new 2019 campaign will be a ‘top-up’ exercise to complement the recruitment held three years ago.

Therefore, if you applied in 2016 you do not need to re-apply or submit new information.

The recruitment exercise 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 midnight CET on 29 July 2019.


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 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.