Thursday, June 8 2023   \  Published by The Patent Lawyer .

Unified Patent Court: continued preparations for its imminent launch

The implementation roadmap for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) was released in October 2022 by the UPC Preparatory team. The roadmap displays the key activities and milestones for the UPC in the lead up to its scheduled launch on June 1, 2023.

One of those major milestones was achieved when Germany deposited its instrument of ratification of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court on February 17, 2023. The deposit kicked-off the sunrise period on March 1, 2023. Since then, opt-outs can be filed to exempt European bundle patents out of the jurisdiction of the UPC. The deposit clarified that the court would open for business on June 1, 2023. From this date onwards cases can be filed at this new venue.

The UPC seems keen to be fully prepared by then. Final preparations that have just recently been performed include the announcement of the Presidium’s decision on the presiding judges of the various divisions as well as the issuance of templates for the judges’ decisions and orders and Non-binding Guidance for their use. The latter is also intended to provide the parties’ representatives with some guidance of what needs to be included in the submissions. We expect the court to release further templates for the parties’ submissions at a later stage. Read more

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