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Revised Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

EPO4On 1 January 2020 the new Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (“RPBA”) came into force, affecting substantially all(1) appeals pending on, or filed after 1 January 2020. The revised rules have three main aims: i) to increase the efficiency of the appeals procedure; ii) to improve predictability for parties; and iii) to harmonise the approach of the Boards (particularly in regard to the admissibility of amendments to a party’s case). (more…)

UPC Update: Rules of Procedure, IT user testing & UK threats provisions

IMG_8533-1UPC Update – Rules of Procedure

At the last meeting of the Preparatory Committee, the 18th draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court was adopted.

This 18th draft will, subject to some modifications when the court fees have been decided, form the final version of the Rules of Procedure.

The 18th draft does not comprise too many substantive changes from the previous version (a handy comparison of the two versions can be seen here) but IPcopy notes the following changes: (more…)

Unitary patent and UPC news round-up

IMG_8533-1Here’s a selection of unitary patent and UPC flavoured news items that we’ve seen in the last few weeks:

Opt out fee

The regulations and agreements surrounding the unitary patent package have been picked over many times which has resulted in discussions about “hard coded bifurcation“, the Malta problem and just what the “exclusive competence” of the UPC means. To add to that list we now have the question: “Just what is the legal basis for the opt out fee?”  (more…)

The Unitary Patent Package: Two years on. What progress has been made?

EU flagBack in December last year IPcopy started to take a look back at the unitary patent package and where we are in delivering this new unitary patent system. Our first “Where are we now?” post provided an overview of the Unified Patent Court itself. This entry asks what progress has there been on the road to getting the system up and running. Remember that although the original implementation date (end of 2014) was missed there has been some significant progress in delivering the new system. (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…)

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 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…)

UPC: Preparatory Committee Progress Report

Unified patent courtThe website for the Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court has just been updated with a progress report. Some highlights from the report are as follows: (more…)

Unitary patent system – Scuttlebutt*

EU flagThere’s not been much hard news recently regarding the unitary patent system so we’re going to take a leaf out of the 24 Hour Rolling News Playbook and start speculating away until something actually happens again….. (more…)