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Unitary patent: News Nuggets (December 2014)

Unified patent courtIt’s very nearly Christmas but just before we all go off to stuff ourselves with turkey and overdo it slightly on the eggnog, here’s a quick update on some unitary patent news including a possible venue for the UPC in the UK.  (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…)

EPO – Rules relating to Unitary Patent Protection

EU flagThe EPO Select Committee approved the Rules relating to unitary patent protection on 24 June. A copy of these rules has appeared online and is discussed below.

During a session of the recent “Unitary patent and Unified patent court” seminar held in Paris, Jerome Debrulle (Chair EPO Select Committee) indicated that the Select Committee had approved the rules that will be used to administer the unitary patent. IPcopy had not seen a copy of these rules at the time of our conference review post but now, thanks to reader Hans van Tongeren, we have been pointed towards what appears to be the latest version of the rules, which can be found on the Bristows website here.

The EPO’s rules document runs to over 80 pages and there is also a 40+ page Annex which highlights the changes from the previous version of the rules. An overview of the structure of the rules document is provided below along with some “highlights” from the rules themselves.

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Unitary patent and Unified patent court – Conference Review (Part I)

EU flagLast week on 4 July I had the good fortune to attend the 2nd annual conference on the “Unitary patent and Unified patent court” held in Paris.

The strapline for the conference was “The Patent Revolution is ON” which was an effort  to highlight the most significant change in European patent law in 40 years or so. In reality, as many of the panelists were keen to point out, the unitary patent system represents a modification of the existing systems and should be perhaps viewed as an evolution rather than revolution.

There was a significant amount of ground covered at the one day event and many of the panelists at the conference are people who are actually involved in bringing the new patent system into being. We had judges from around Europe as well as members of the both the EPO Select Committee and the Preparatory Committee.

Given the ground covered I’m going to go session by session to highlight the issues that were discussed. (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…)