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EPLIT 4th Annual Meeting - 12 May 2017 in Munich

On Friday 12 May 2017 the 4th Annual Meeting of EPLIT took place in Munich.

The meeting was opened by EPLIT’s President Koen Bijvank by welcoming all the distinguished speakers and participants. After a report by treasurer Patrice Vidon, the chairmen of the working groups presented their reports.

These were followed by presentations of our distinguished speakers of which the following are available

The meeting was concluded with a highly informative and interesting panel discussion among European patent judges about their expectations from the UPC – Marie Courboullay (Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris), Sam Granata (Hof van Beroep Antwerpen), Maximilian Haedicke (University of Freiburg), and Paolo Catallozzi (Tribunale di Roma); moderated by Marek Łazewski (Łazewski Depo and Partners)

Italy ratifies the UPC Agreement

Italy has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement. It is the 12th member state of the Unitary Patent project to do so. The instrument of ratification, the formal final step in the procedure, was deposited with the EU Council on 10 February 2017.

 

Fridays notification was published here 

 

 

 

 

The UK Government has confirmed it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the UPCA

This is part of the process needed to realise the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court.  Under the new regime, businesses will be able to protect and enforce their patent rights across Europe in a more streamlined way - with a single patent and through a single patent court.

The court will make it easier for British businesses to protect their ideas and inventions from being illegally copied by companies in other countries.

UK Minister of State for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville Rolfe said: "The new system will provide an option for businesses that need to protect their inventions across Europe. The UK has been working with partners in Europe to develop this option."

"As the Prime Minister has said, for as long as we are members of the EU, the UK will continue to play a full and active role. We will seek the best deal possible as we negotiate a new agreement with the European Union.  We want that deal to reflect the kind of mature, cooperative relationship that close friends and allies enjoy.  We want it to involve free trade, in goods and services.  We want it to give British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate in the Single Market - and let European businesses do the same in the UK."

"But the decision to proceed with ratification should not be seen as pre-empting the UK's objectives or position in the forthcoming negotiations with the EU."

Following the announcement today, the UK will continue with preparations for ratification over the coming months. It will be working with the Preparatory Committee to bring the UPC into operation as soon as possible.

Letter of EPLIT to European Ministers on future of the UPC after the Brexit referendum

Last week ELIT sent a letter to  all European Ministers asking to make all efforts to bring the UP/UPC into operation as soon as possible. 

EPLIT is of the view that the creation of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is in the interests of inventors and businesses. Being able to enforce a patent covering a large number of countries before a single court reduces the costs of doing busi­ness and increases certainty for both claimants and defendants. This does not change if the UK leaves the EU. For these reasons, EPLIT would like to encourage the governments of the EU Member States to take the necessary steps to ratify the UPC Agreement and allow the UPC to become operational as soon as possi­ble.

Please click here to read the full text of this letter.

The Netherlands notifies ratification of the UPC Agreement

The Netherlands deposited its instrument of ratification of the Agreement on a Uni­fied Patent Court (UPC) with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU yes­terday. The Netherlands has become the 11th country to do so. if both Germany and the UK (the other two mandatory ratifying countries) were to also ratify, there would be the requisite 13 ratifications and the new system would come into effect three months after the second of those deposits. 

Mock Trial before the Local Division of the UPC on 14 October 2016 in London

Following the successful EPLIT event in Munich earlier this year, EPLIT will run another mock trial before the Local Division of the Unified Patent Court in London on 14 October 2016

EPLIT is aware of the outcome of the UK referendum held on 23 June 2016. EPLIT is of the view that the Unified Patent Court system is much more attractive if the UK continues to participate in it. The mock trial is therefore being held in London in order to emphasize the benefits of a harmonization of patent litigation that includes the UK.

As in Munich, the case to be tried is based on Improver Corporation v Remington Consumer Products which concerned a depilatory device, better known as the "Epilady" case. This was litigated in the late 1980's and early 1990's before various national courts in Europe with drastically different outcomes. The question is: Will the UPC bring about harmonization?

The panel of judges will this time consist of Mr Colin Birss (Patents Court in London), Mr Richard Davis (Hogarth Chambers) and Prof Haedicke (Oberlandesgericht in Düsseldorf; who also participated in the Munich mock trial). The panel has been extended with a technical judge, Mr Walter Holzer (Schütz u. Partner, Patentanwälte KG). The patent proprietor (’Upgrader’) will be represented by Rainer Beetz (Sonn and Partner, AT) and Leythem Wall (Finnegan Europe LLP, GB). The alleged infringing party (’Stylington’) will be represented by Koen Bijvank (V.O. Patents & Trademarks, NL) and Marek Łazewski (Łazewski Depo and Partners, PL).

The day will begin with a case management conference (CMC) in the morning, and the afternoon will comprise of the oral hearing. This will be followed by a questions and answers session for the audience.

The event will take place at the building set aside for London’s UPC Central Division, 2 Leman St, London E1 8FA.

The admission fee is EUR 395 for EPLIT and CIPA members and EUR 495 for non-EPLIT/non-CIPA members. This will include lunch, as well as coffee and other refreshments and snacks throughout the day, and a drinks reception after the proceedings have con­cluded.

Places are limited so we advise you to register as early as possible by sending the application form to the EPLIT secretariat.

EPLIT urges UK government to ratify UPC Agreement as soon as possible

Today, Monday 11 July, EPLIT sent a letter to The Rt. Hon Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property. WIth this letter EPLIT urges the UK government to ratify the UPC Agreement as soon as possible.

Please click here to read this letter.

The future of the UPC after the Brexit referendum

On July 6, the Union pour la Juridiction Unifiée des Brevets (UJUB) organized a short seminar in Paris about the future of the UPC after the Brexit referendum. The speakers were Thierry Sueur, Prof. Dr. Winfried Tilmann, Rowan Freeland and Alexander Ramsay.

Mr Sueur set out the views of Industry Europe and urged the lawyers involved in the project to find a solution that would make it possible that the UPC will start soon, preferably with the UK on board. Prof. Tilmann explained his views of how the UK could continue to participate in the UPC if it ratifies the UPC Agreement before leaving the EU. Mr Freeland sketched the current political landscape in the UK and commented on the likelihood of a UK ratification. And, finally, Mr Ramsay indicated that the Preparatory Committee will continue its work and that he is optimistic that a workable solution will be found, although he could not say what this solution will ultimately look like so shortly after the referendum.

The entire seminar has been recorded and can be watched by clicking the link. The presentations of the seminar are available on the website of apeb

 

Brexit and the latest developments in the Preparatory Committee

On 24 June the results of the UK referendum on EU membership were announced and a majority of the British electorate voted to leave the EU. It is at this moment still uncertain what the impact of this will be on the UPC Agreement and unitary patent. If the UK ratifies the UPC Agreement before actually leaving the EU, the UPC can start once Germany has also ratified as the required number of ratifications will then be reached. If the UK does not ratify the UPC Agreement, the project will likely suffer significant delays because, as long as the UK is still formally a member of the EU, the UPC cannot open its doors unless the UK has ratified the Agreement. The process of leaving the EU is likely to last two years once Article 50 of the Lisbon Agreement has been invoked.

Thursday 30 June the Preparatory Committee of the UPC conducted its 17th meeting in Stockholm and discussed the impact of the results of the UK referendum. A report of the meeting has been published here.The Committee has decided that it will continue its work in accordance with its mandate as long as the situation has not become any clearer.

In addition, the Committee has agreed on a number of slight amendments to the Rules of Procedure which find basis in the court fees that have now been adopted. Additionally, a draft budget of the Court has been endorsed and a Code of Conduct for representatives who appear before the Court has been agreed. The draft for this Code of Conduct has been prepared in a collaborative effort between EPLIT, EPLAW and epi.

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch Parliament ratifies Unified Patent Court Agreement

Dutch Parliament ratifies Unified Patent Court Agreement

The Senate or ‘Eerste Kamer’ of the Parliament in The Netherlands approved the Unified Patent Agreement on 28 June 2016 without discussion. Two weeks ago, the Dutch Second Chamber, ‘Tweede Kamer’, had already ratified the UPCA.

It isn’t clear when the Netherlands will complete the formal procedure by depositing its instrument of ratification with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU. The Netherlands is the 11th state to ratify the UPCA.

 

Proposal for a Code of Conduct for the UPC - 3rd draft

The draft Code of Conduct, as referred to in the RoP UPC, has been under preparation for some time within EPLAW, EPLIT and epi. It was discussed in the 3rd UPC Expert Panel Meeting in Paris on September 18th, 2015, where valuable feedback was received and thereafter incorporated. 

The draft Code of Conduct was presented to the full Preparatory Committee at its 15th meeting 14 of April 2016 where it met with general approval from Member States delegations. Furthermore, our associations are very pleased with the various proposals for improvements suggested by experts in particular from IPLA and CCBE during the last months. In the coming weeks, EPLAW, EPLIT and epi will continue discussing the draft with interested parties to reach broad consensus on its contents.

Please click here for the Proposal for a Code of Conduct for the UPC - 3rd draft.

 

UPC Judicial Recruitment

The UPC Taskforce has announced that recruitment of legally and technically qualified judges has opened.

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.

For more information see the UPC website

 

Bulgaria a step closer to ratification of the UPC Agreement

Bulgaria will be the next country to ratify the UPC Agreement according to the UPC Preparatory Committee, which expects the ratification to happen by the end of April. Bulgaria would then become the 10th country to ratify the UPCA 

Having been adopted last week by the National Assembly, the legislation to authorize Bulgaria to ratify the UPC Agreement has been enacted last Friday with the publication of the Law on Ratification of the Agreement on the UPC in the Bulgarian State Gazette.

It is expected that Bulgaria will shortly deposit its instrument of ratification in Brussels with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU as required for the ratification to have effect.

 

Save the date: UPC Mock Trial 14 October 2016 in London

A joint EPLIT/CIPA UPC mock trial will be organized on 14 October 2016 in London at the official UPC division.

The same case as in the Munich Mock Trial with (almost) different judges: harmonization?

Report of the 15th Preparatory Committee meeting

The Committee met in Luxembourg on 14 April 2016.

A milestone was reached by the committee when the recruitment package was agreed.  This now means the adverts for judicial appointments can be advertised in May.  The exact date of the launch is to be agreed but for those interested it is expected the recruitment process will begin in early May.

The Committee also discussed a draft Code of Conduct for practitioners developed by EPLAW, EPLIT, and the EPI.  The draft Code of Conduct is expected to be agreed at the next meeting of the Committee at the end of May.  A signing ceremony on the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities will take place at the end of June, this will be important for a number of Signatory States for their ratification process.  The Chairman was pleased to hear that Bulgaria is in a position to ratify the UPCA by the end of April.  This will bring the total number of ratifications to 10.

The Rules on Arbitration and the Rules of Operation of the Patent Mediation and Arbitration Centre of the Unified Patent Court were discussed.  The organisational rules will be subject to some further amendments while the Rules on Arbitration were agreed by the Committee.  The Rules on Arbitration will be published at a later point in time.

The next meeting will be held in Germany on 26 May.

 

 

 

EPLIT - 3rd Annual Meeting 11 april 2016

 

On 11 April 2016 the3rd annual meeting of EPLIT took place in Amsterdam.

Please click here for a report of the day by Chris Ryan.

The meeting was opened by EPLIT’s President Koen Bijvank by welcoming all the distinguished speakers and participants of a panel discussion about the industry’s preparations for the UPC system. Koen passed the word to Patrice Vidon, EPLIT’s treasurer, who was able to report about EPLIT’s growing membership, up to about 180 members just before the annual meeting.  This membership and financial report was followed by reports of the chairmen of EPLIT’s working groups; the minutes and following reports are available for downloading. 

The reports of the chairmen of the working groups were followed by presentations of distinguished speakers of which the following are available

The meeting was concluded with a highly informative and interesting panel discussion about the industry’s preparations for the UPC system with Ettie-Ann Alder (Ericsson) and Beat Weibel (Siemens) moderated by Micaela Modiano (Modiano & partners)

 Click here for all photos of this succesful Annual Meeting

 

Questionnaire regarding cross-border aspects of client/patent attorney privilege (CAP)

Please find here the responses for the IPI Questionnaire regarding cross-border aspects of client/patent attorney privilege (CAP) formulated by the European Patent Litigators Association (EPLIT).

Confirmed locations of the UPC

Some UPC divisions have confirmed their locations: pictures of the premises in Luxembourg, Sweden and Germany can be found on the UPC website. More will be added as information becomes available.

 

Preparatory Committee agreed on Rules of Mediation

At its last meeting the Preparatory Committee agreed the Rules on Mediation for the UPC. The Rules will be subject to legal scrubbing and some further work may be necessary to align them with other rules. However, in the interests of transparency and to keep users updated on the current work programme of the Committee, the Chair has agreed the Rules are published in their current form and can be found here

Finland 9th member state to ratify the Agreement

Finland deposited its instrument of ratification of the UPC Agreement in Brussels with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU on 19 January 2016. Finland is the ninth member state to complete this step. Ratification by 13 member states is required for the UPC Agreement to come into force.

See the website of the European Council for up-to-date information on ratification of the UPC Agreement by the signatory states.

 

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

EPLIT Annual Meeting on 11 April 2016 in Amsterdam

We cordially invite you to attend the 3rd Annual Meeting of EPLIT, which will be held on 10 and 11 April 2016 in Sofitel Legend The Grand in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Annual Meeting starts with a get-together and dinner on Sunday 10 April in the Admirality Room of  Sofitel The Grand. On Monday 11 April the AGM will be held.

Please, find the program and the registration form. To register, please complete the registration form and send it to the EPLIT secretariat

EPLIT hopes to welcome a large number of members!

 

 

Report on the UPC Mock Trial of 22 January 2016 in Munich

On 22 January 2016, EPLIT has run a mock-trial under the 18th draft of the Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court (UPC). The case was between Improver Corporation and Remington Consumer Products and concerns a depilatory device, better known as the "Epilady" case. This case was litigated in the late 1980's and early 1990's before various national courts in Europe with drastically different outcomes. For that reason it serves as a reminder of why further harmonization of patent litigation in Europe is a worthy cause. The mock-trial will be staged before the Local Division of the UPC in Munich. 

The panel of judges consisted of Prof Haedicke (Oberlandesgericht in Düsseldorf), Mr Zigann (Landgericht in Munich) and Mr Van Walderveen (District Court in The Hague). The panel has been extended with a technical judge, Mr Klein (formerly of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office). The patent proprietor (Improver) was represented by Rainer Beetz (Sonn and Partner, AT) and Leythem Wall (Finnegan Europe LLP, GB). The alleged infringing party (Remington) was represented by Marek Lazewski (Lazewski Depo and Partners, PL) and Jan Stein (Ipracraft AB, SE).

Please, click here for the report by Chris Ryan of this succesful UPC Mock Trail.

 

Unified Patent Court - Rules of Procedure

At its last meeting the UPC Preparatory Committee adopted the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court, subject to some further adaptations once the Committee has decided on the court fees. This is a major milestone in the progress of the Committees work.

The Rules will be an essential element in the future training of judges of the Court and the decision of the Committee will ensure a smooth transition from the development to the active planning of such training. The UPC-Rules-of-Procedure.pdf is now available.

On October 2, Italy has joined the unitary patent

On Octotober 2 2015, Italy has joined the unitary patent and become the 26th member of the enhanced cooperation on the unitary patent protection.

Protocol for the UPC Agreement

On October 1st, a protocol to the UPC Agreement has been signed by representatives of member states in the margins on the Competitiveness Council meeting. This protocol will allow some parts of the UPC Agreement to be applied early. This includes final decisions on the practical set up of the Court, for example, the recruitment of judges and testing of IT systems. The provisional application phase will also be used to allow for early registration of opt-out demands.

This is the latest step towards bringing the Unified Patent Court into operation. In practice there is no immediate impact on business, however, the Preparatory Committee aims to complete its work by June 2016 with a view to the UPC opening at the start of 2017.

A copy of the protocol is available.

Draft proposal for the Rules on the European Patent Litigation Certificate

At its meeting on 3 September 2015 the Preparatory Committee agreed the draft proposal for the Rules on the European Patent Litigation Certificate and other appropriate qualifications. The Explanatory memorandum and a copy of the Draft Rules are now available.

The position of EPLIT: court fees and recoverable costs

Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court on the Rules on Court fees and recoverable costs (31 July 2015)

Read more.... 

EPLIT Position letter proposed structural reform of the EPO Boards of Appeal CA/16/15

You will find here the EPLIT position letter to the proposed structural reform of the EPO Boards of Appeal CA/16/15.

Update May 22, 2015: Luxembourg ratifies Unified Patent Court Agreement

On May 22, 2015 Luxembourg deposited its ratification instrument for the Unified Patent Court Agreement. This makes Luxembourg the 7th country to ratify the Agreement.

However, Luxembourg has no current plans to host a Local Division. Corresponding cases will be heard by the Central Division.

Both The Netherlands and Portugal are also taking steps towards ratification.

The Italian Ministry of Economic Development issued a press release saying that it is priority for Italy to join the Unitary Patent system.

2nd Annual Meeting of European Patent Litigators Association (EPLIT)

On 29 May 2015 the 2nd annual meeting of EPLIT took place in Paris. The meeting was opened by EPLIT’s President Koen Bijvank by welcoming all the distinguished speakers and participants of a panel discussion about the industry’s preparations for the UPC system. Koen passed the word to Patrice Vidon, EPLIT’s treasurer, who was able to report about EPLIT’s growing membership, up to about 170 members just before the annual meeting.  This membership and financial report was followed by reports of the chairmen of EPLIT’s working groups; the following reports are available for downloading:

  • Costs of the UP/UPC-System by Eugen Popp
  • Code of Conduct by Kim Finnilä
  • Privilege by Terenc Török
  • Education and Training by Christian Köster

The reports of the chairmen of the working groups were followed by presentations of distinguished speakers of which the following are available:

  • UPC Technical Judges: what role and what training – Xavier Seuba (CEIPI)
  • The way in which European Patent Attorneys can contribute to making the UPC system success – Patrice Vidon
  • The ongoing preparations towards the unitary patent system – Margot Fröhlinger (European Patent Office)
  • The establishment of the Central Division and preparations for the UPC system in France – Max Brunner (French Ministry of Justice)

The meeting was concluded with a highly informative and interesting panel discussion about the industry’s preparations for the UPC system with Marianne Rots (Unilever), Ronald Pols (Hexcel), and Pieter Vandersteen (Janssen Pharmaceutica) moderated by Mr. Edward Oates.

Update May 11, 2015: Spain's challenges rejected

 
And now we have court fees (80 EUR opt out fee per patent. 20k EUR fixed fee for revocation action):
 
 
Public consultation open until 31 July 2015:
 

ERA Conference on Litigation and Settlements in Patent Disputes

The aim of this conference is to provide patent litigators and attorneys with practical guidance on how to make the best use of EU and international legal instruments in litigation and mediation/arbitration proceedings.

Key topics

Litigating before the Courts

  • Choice of courts and applicable law
  • Domestic and cross-border injunctions
  • Settlement of patent litigation and FRAND commitments
  • Case management before the Unitary Patent Court and before national Courts
  • Courts procedures over the EU
  • Validity of no challenge clauses

Using alternative dispute resolution

  • Pros and cons of mediation and arbitration in patent cases
  • WIPO alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in practice

Who should attend?

Litigators and attorneys specialised in patent law, in-house counsel, European patent

attorneys, members of the judiciary and future judges before the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

Weblink and online registrationwww.era.int/?124933&en

Speakers:

Axel Casalonga; Avantika Chowdhury; Marie Courboulay; Hermann Deichfuß; Joachim Feldges; His Honour Michael Fysh QC; Sophie Lawrance; Jan-Diederik Lindemans; Lilia Luchianov; Ansgar Ohly; John Temple Lang; Winfried Tilmann

For more information please click here!

Invitation to EPLIT’s 2nd Annual Meeting in Paris

Location: Hotel Jardins du Marais (http://www.lesjardinsdumarais.com)

Program:

Get Together May 28, 2015:

7:00 pm: Cocktails followed by a conference dinner at “Jardins du Marais”

Annual Meeting

May 29, 2015

  9:00  

Opening by the President, administrative and financial issues

  9:30

Presentations from Working Groups about their activities

10:30

Coffee break

 

11:00 

The way in which European patent attorneys can contribute to making the UPC system a success – Mr. Patrice Vidon (Cabinet Vidon)

 

11:45 

The developments towards a litigators certificate for European Patent Attorneys –
Ms. Bernadette Makoski (German Ministry of Justice)

12:30 

Lunch

14:00 

The ongoing preparations towards the unitary patent system –Ms. Margot Fröhlinger (European Patent Office)

14:45 

The establishment of the Central Division and preparations for the UPC system in France -  
Mr. Max Brunner (French Ministry of Justice)

15:30

Coffee break

16:00

 

Panel discussion about the industry’s preparations for the UPC system with Ms. Marianne Rots (Unilever), Mr. Ronald Pols (Hexcel), Mr. Edward Oates (Carpmaels & Ransford),
Mr. Pieter Vandersteen (Janssen Pharmaceutica)

17:00

Closing of Conference

If you want to register, please download our registration form. Thank you! 

EPLIT responds to USPTO’s call for comments on legal privilege

Comments on Domestic and International Issues Related to Privileged Communications Between Patent Practitioners and Their Clients, please click here

Court of Justice of the European Union PRESS RELEASE No 152/14 Luxembourg, 18 November 2014…read more

Advocate General Yves Bot: Spain’s actions against the European regulations implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection must be dismissed.

The unitary protection conferred provides a genuine benefit in terms of uniformity and integration, whilst the choice of languages reduces translation costs considerably and safeguards better the principle of legal certainty...please click here to see the full document.

Preliminary set of provisions for the Rules of Procedure (“Rules”) of the Unified Patent Court

Please click here to see: Rules of Procedure, 17th Draft and Table with explanatory notes to the changes made by the Legal Group of the Preparatory Committee in the 17th draft of the Rules of Procedure.

Chairman invites new Expert Panel to advise Preparatory Committee

The Chairman and his team attach great value to the involvement of practitioners and future users of the Unified Patent Court in its work. To this end it organises formal consultations and public hearings on key elements of its work, however, in preparing for proposals to be discussed in the Preparatory Committee, the Chairman has invited a small group of experts to provide advice on the various different work streams...read more

1st Annual meeting in Edinburgh on May 2, 2014 - Report

Please download the first annual meeting report here: Download

Law for Ratification of the Unified Patent Court

On the occasion of a Parlamentarian Evening, organized by the Bundesverband der Deutschen Patentanwälte, the German Minister of Justice  stated that  he and his Ministry will present a Law for Ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement in the summer of this year.

He further stated that Germany will  apply for four Local Divisions, located in Munich, Mannheim, Düsseldorf and Hamburg. For more information see the following link:

http://www.bmjv.de/SharedDocs/Kurzmeldungen/DE/2014/20140318_Europaeische_Patentgerichtsbarkeit_auf_gutem_Weg.html 

 

Justice for growth

Member States endorse Commission proposal to fill legal gaps for unitary patent protection:

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-153_en.htm

Rules on Court fees and recoverable costs

Rules on Court fees and recoverable costs...read more

Ceremony on the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court

For more information please visit the following website powered by Véron & Associés (Mr. Véron is member of the draft committee for the UPC-Rules of Procedures): http://www.upc.documents.eu.com/

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Press Release

Intellectual Property Rights: study indicates 35% of jobs in the EU rely on IPR-intensive industries...read more 

CNIPA resolution on representation at the UPC

EPLIT fully supports CNIPA’s approach concerning the qualification of European Patent Attorneys to represent before the Unified patent Court...read more

The European Unified Patent Court

Assessment and Implications of the Federalisation of the Patent System in Europe, Author: Dimitris Xenos, Scripted, Volume 10, Issue 2, Aug 2013...read more

Patent Litigation in Europe

Discussion Paper No. 13-072, Author: Katrin Cremers, Max Ernicke, Fabian Gaessler, Dietmar Harhoff, Christian Helmers, Luke McDonagh,Paula Schliessler, and Nicolas van Zeebroeck...read more

Patent Litigation in Europe

An overview of national law an practice in the EPC contracting states, 3rd edition 2013 (European Patent Office)...read more

Unified Patent Court

A Christmas message from the Chairman and Vice-Chairman...read more

News & Events:

EPLIT's submission on public consultation re LITIGATOR CERTIFICATE: Please click here

 

Unitary patent – ratification progress

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/indprop/patent/ratification/index_en.htm

The new draft rules on patent litigation certificate and the related explanatory memorandum can be found here:

http://unified-patent-court.org/consultations/76-european-patent-litigation-certificate-draft-proposal-and-public-consultation

Unified Patent Court News:

Fifth meeting of the Preparatory Committee 18 March 2014

Revised 16th draft of the Rules of Procedure

Interpretative note - Consequences of the application of Article 83 UPCA

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Justice for growth: Member States endorse Commission proposal to fill legal gaps for unitary patent protection:

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-153_en.htm

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France has now ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement:
http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/indprop/patent/ratification/index_en.htm

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On the occasion of a Parlamentarian Evening, organized by the Bundesverband der Deutschen Patentanwälte, the German Minister of Justice  stated that  he and his Ministry will present a Law for Ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement in the summer of this year.

He further stated that Germany will  apply for four Local Divisions, located in Munich, Mannheim, Düsseldorf and Hamburg. For more information see the following link:

http://www.bmjv.de/SharedDocs/Kurzmeldungen/DE/2014/20140318_Europaeische_Patentgerichtsbarkeit_auf_gutem_Weg.html 

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Rules on Court fees and recoverable costs...read more

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Draft Proposal for RULES ON THE EUROPEAN PATENT LITIGATION
CERTIFICATE AND OTHER APPROPRIATE QUALIFICATIONS

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Preliminary set of provisions for the Rules of Procedure ("Rules") of the Unified Patent Court
Responses to the Public Consultation on the Rules of Procedure of the UPC

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Ceremony on the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court:

Ceremony

For more information please visit the following website powered by Véron & Associés (Mr. Véron is member of the draft committee for the UPC-Rules of Procedures): http://www.upc.documents.eu.com/

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Press Release:
Intellectual Property Rights: study indicates 35% of jobs in the EU rely on IPR-intensive industries...read more 

Patent Litigation in Europe:
Discussion Paper No. 13-072, Author: Katrin Cremers, Max Ernicke, Fabian Gaessler, Dietmar Harhoff, Christian Helmers, Luke McDonagh,Paula Schliessler, and Nicolas van Zeebroeck...read more

The European Unified Patent Court:
Assessment and Implications of the Federalisation of the Patent System in Europe, Author: Dimitris Xenos, Scripted, Volume 10, Issue 2, Aug 2013...read more

CNIPA resolution on representation at the UPC:
EPLIT fully supports CNIPA’s approach concerning the qualification of European Patent Attorneys to represent before the Unified patent Court...read more

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6th meeting of the Select Committee of the Adminstration  Council:
http://www.epo.org/news-issues/news/2013/20131218.html

President Batistelli’s blog: Progress in 2013 on the Unitary Patent Package
http://blog.epo.org/

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Patent Litigation in Europe: An overview of national law an practice in the EPC contracting states, 3rd edition 2013 (European Patent Office)...read more

Unified Patent Court: A Christmas message from the Chairman and Vice-Chairman...read more

French parliament ratifies UPC deal...read more