At the seventh meeting (held in Brussels on 4 November 2014) the Member States reported on the national ratification processes. It does indeed look promising since many member states reported that they hope to be able to ratify in the course of 2015.
The expert panel of the Preparatory Committee met for the first time in London on the 26 September. Discussions were held and advice was provided on topics covering training of candidate judges, draft rules on legal aid and how the entering into operation of the court should be organised.
The Legal Group of the Preparatory Committee has completed its examination of the 16th draft of the UPC Rules of Procedure – which the Expert Group had finished at the end of January 2014 – presenting the resulting 17th draft at the end of October.
The prototype e-filing / case management system is now available to test. If you would like to test it and provide feedback please visit http://prototype.unified-patent-court.org/
The Roadmap of the Preparatory Committee's work programme has been updated with amendments to some of the key milestones.
The Chairman and his team attach great value to the involvement of practitioners and future users of the Unified Patent Court in its work.
For those that expressed an interest in becoming a technical or legal judge of the Unified Patent Court letters have now been issued, by email, from the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee.
The sixth meeting of the Preparatory Committee took place at the Finnish Permanent Representation to the European Union.
As you know the pre-selection procedure calling for expression of interest of candidate judges received an overwhelming response. Over the last four months the Advisory Panel has been working hard reviewing all the applications.