Members of IPcopy are always on the look out for snippets of unitary patent and unified patent court news and it was during such a search this week that we came across a conference report of a Unitary Patent Package Conference that was held in Amsterdam on 6 February 2014.
The full report of the conference can be found here. Having skimmed through the conference summary we noted a few points of interest which are detailed below. In particular we were interested to see what are apparently the first potential figures for the fee for opting a European patent out from the exclusive competence of the Unified Patent Court (the “opt-out fee”). These comments came from someone who is presumably familiar with the matter, Kevin Mooney of the Drafting Committee for the Rules of Procedure of the UPC.
According to the conference report:
- The opt-out fee is according to Paul Van Beukering (Chair of Preparatory Committee of the UPC) only meant to cover admin costs. Kevin Mooney (Chairman of Drafting Committee for Rules of Procedure of the UPC) apparently later suggested that the opt-out fee is likely to be somewhere in the region of 50-100 Euros.
- Local divisions are being considered in UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy
- Regional divisions being considered include Czech-Slovakia, Scandanavia and Baltic States, and Eastern Europe
- There is a possibility that Dutch national phase filings from PCT applications are to be opened up again
- Margot Fröhlinger (Principal Director Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs at the EPO) suggested that lower fees for SMEs are not very likely.
Mark Richardson 20 February 2014