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The Unitary Patent Package: Two years on. Where are we now? (Overview of the Court)

Unified patent courtBack in December 2012 it was announced, in an historic agreement, that the European Parliament had adopted two regulations relating to the creation of the unitary patent. A third element of the unitary patent package, the agreement on the unified patent court, was signed in February 2013 and the EPO expected the first unitary patent to roll off the production line in Spring 2014. It’s now nearly the end of 2014 and we’ve not met the original, highly ambitious implementation date but there has been significant progress in delivering the new system.

Starting this week IPcopy is taking a look (in traditional IPcopy Q&A styleTM) at what the unitary patent package is and where we are. Unbelievably we’ve never really covered the actual structure of the new Unified Patent Court and so here, as your starter for 10, is an overview of the UPC itself. (more…)

Licences and Assignments of Unitary Patents and the Relevance of German Law

EU flagThe law governing licences and assignments of future European patents with unitary effect (unitary patents) is determined by a residency/place of business test for applicants based in the states of the EU participating in enhanced cooperation (member states); German law will apply to licences and assignments for other applicants. This may sound esoteric, but will in fact be of practical significance to many UK-based practitioners, because many large corporations based outside the member states file all their patents in their own name, including for inventions devised by UK-based affiliates. (more…)

Unitary Patent: News Nuggets (ERA Conference – December 2014)

EU flagOn 4th and 5th December IPcopy attended the ERA conference “Preparing for the Unitary Patent Package” at the Old Hall in Lincoln’s Inn*.

The latest progress and developments relating to the implementation of the Unitary Patent Package (UPP) were on the menu and the conference included a distinguished group of speakers, many of whom are involved directly in the implementation process. We’ll try and post some more in depth comment in the next week or so on a couple of the talks/subjects discussed but in the meantime here’s some nuggets of news…. (more…)

Unitary patent: 17th Draft of Rules of Procedure – What’s changed?

Unified patent courtThe 17th draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court Agreement appeared online recently in advance of the oral hearing in Trier tomorrow (26 November 2014). We’ve taken a quick look over the changes to highlight a few points that have changed. (more…)

Unitary Patent: AG to Spain “Bot says Not” (AG dismisses Spanish Challenges to Unitary Patent)

EU flagThe Advocate General’s opinions on the two Spanish actions (C-146/13, C-147/13) against the Unitary Patent Package were published today. A Press Release has also been published.

Long story short? Sorry Spain!*

*(At least as far as the Advocate General is concerned. The CJEU’s ruling on the matter will follow at some point and though it might seem likely that the Court will follow the AG, that isn’t necessarily so). (more…)

Unitary patent: News Nuggets (November 2014, Part 2)

EU flagAs we approach Christmas we have some more updates on the progress towards the unitary patent package. This post incorporates information gleaned from the EPO Select Committee website, the Unified Patent Court website and also an information update from the UK’s UPC Taskforce. (more…)

Westminster Legal Policy Forum (The Future of Patent Law) – 16 October – Seminar Review

logo2wfpAs noted in a recent post IPcopy attended the Westminster Legal Policy Review seminar on 16 October. This post provides a summary of some of the issues raised and discussed at the seminar. For a more detailed review of Neil Feinson’s (IPO) discussion about UPC implementation please see IPcopy’s post here. (more…)

UPC Agreement – 17th Draft of Rules of Procedure now published

Unified patent courtThe Preparatory Committee’s Unified Patent Court website has been updated today with details of the latest version of the Rules of Procedure (17th Draft) and the Oral Hearing to discuss those rules. (more…)

Unitary patent: News Nuggets (November 2014)

EU flagToday we have a few nuggets of unitary patent and UPC news from around the web. In the post below we have an update on the state of German ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement, a reference to the European Patent Litigation Certificate in IPReg’s UK patent attorney exam proposals and we also highlight a couple of recent articles on the Kluwer Patent Blog that discussed unitary patent renewal fee progress and the possibility of a pro-patent bias in the UPC. (more…)

Unitary Patent and the UPC: a talk by Neil Feinson at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum

logo2wfpI was fortunate enough to attend last week’s seminar of the Westminster Legal Policy Forum in London. An overview of the seminar will appear on IPcopy later. This post will instead focus on one of the keynote addresses given by Neil Feinson, Director of International Policy, IPO and UK Representative, UPC Preparatory Committee.

“A cross-border, public sector IT Project. What could possibly go wrong?” * (more…)

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