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Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit from the Unified Patent Court, says Government

Baroness Neville-Rolfe states UK will ratify UPC Agreement to get new court up and running. The proposed Unified Patent Court is based on an intergovernmental treaty separate from the EU, but subject to EU law and to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU).  As a…

Unified Patent Court, Patents Court or IPEC: where to litigate?

The key differences between the UPC and the UK’s national courts give rise to important strategic considerations in deciding whether to opt out and where to litigate. We recently discussed the ability of patent owners to opt out of the Unified Patent Court regime for their European patents and instead…

Unified Patent Court: Why might you opt out?

Continuing our series of posts on the UPC, we consider why a European patent holder might choose to opt out of the system. As set out in our previous blog post, we expect that the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court will come into existence in early 2017. When the…

Unified Patent Court: Judicial situations vacant

The Unified Patent Court has published its vacancy notice for applications to be a judge. The notice includes adverts for full part time legally-qualified judges as well as full and part time technically-qualified judges.  The closing date for applications is 4 July 2016. Applicants for the legally-qualified roles will apply for six-year…

Unified Patent Court: A brief overview

In the first of a series of articles about the new Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court, we provide an overview of the revolutionary changes to patent litigation in the EU. In arguably the biggest change to patent law in recent history, the European Patent Office and 25 participating Member…

Unified Patent Court: court fees and recoverable costs announced

The Prepatory Commitee for Unified Patent Court has published levels of court fees and costs caps which may come as a shock to those used to litigating in the English Patents Court and IPEC. On 26 February 2016, the Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) published its agreed Rules…