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UPC Taskforce Update: January 2016

IMG_8533-1The update messages from the UK’s UPC Taskforce have started up again after the recent holiday break and we have the first update of what promises to be a fairly busy year.

Preparatory Committee – the next meeting for the Prep Committee is scheduled for this month and the agenda is scheduled to cover some significant items including: judicial salaries, Registry rules, arbitration and the final proposal for the court fees. (Will there be any changes to the level of the opt-out fee? It will be interesting to see the updated proposal in due course.) The Rules of Procedure will require some minor tweaking to incorporate the court fees and also admin errors in the  opt-out process and the Rules are due to come before the Prep Committee in April. (more…)

UPC developments: Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s Patents Seminar

IMG_8533-1The always entertaining and informative Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s annual patents seminar was held last week and included a round-up of recent developments relating to the unitary patent and UPC. (more…)

Unitary Patent Package – The Ratification Game (Finland completes its ratification formalities)

EU shirt2Update (19 January 2016)

According to the website of the Council of the European Union, Finland has now deposited its instrument of ratification (on 19 January 2016) to become the ninth country to complete its ratification formalities. Finland joins Portugal, Luxembourg, Malta, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, France and Austria as one of the nine countries who have completed their ratification processes.

The unitary patent system of course requires 13 countries to ratify including the UK, France and Germany.

UPC Finland

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2015’s Top 10 Posts on IPcopy

Yeah, of course I'm excited it's Christmas....

Yeah, of course I’m excited it’s Christmas….

As we contemplate the possibility that another recipe from “101 Things to do with Cold Turkey” is going to be needed to shift the last of the Christmas food, we thought we’d take a quick look back at the top 10 most read posts that we published this year. (more…)

UPC: Double patenting, Changes to Patents Act, Opt-out Register UI & Taskforce update

IMG_8533-1Christmas is nearly here and barring any end of the year UPC ratifications we’re not expecting too much to happen on the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court until next year. Before Christmas arrives however here’s a quick update: (more…)

EU Commission: unitary patent concerns; IP insurance and unitary SPCs

IMG_8533-1The European Commission website provides something of a byzantine navigational challenge so IPcopy is extremely grateful to Martin Chatel for pointing us in the direction of the Commission staff working document “A Single Market Strategy for Europe – Analysis and Evidence” which discusses the unitary patent package. (more…)

UPC Update (November 2015, part II): SPCs, US interest and UK Taskforce

IMG_8533-0In today’s update we highlight an article relating to Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) and the UPC and an article that discusses the interest of US applicants for unitary patent protection. We also have the most recent update from the UK’s UPC Taskforce. (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…)

UPC: More on the sunrise opt-out register & Taskforce Update

IMG_8533In our post last week we highlighted a story we’d seen that the UKIPO would be  responsible for the opt-out register during the sunrise period for the Unified Patent Court and that this register would be transferred to the Court’s registry when the court became active.

We’d not heard of this development before so we reached out to the UPC taskforce team at the UKIPO and asked them about the sunrise period, the opt-out register and the UKIPO’s involvement. (more…)

UPC: Protocol, Opt-out, Start Date and Survey

IMG_8533IPcopy has been busy with reviewing the EPO Guidelines recently and so we are now belatedly reporting a few unitary patent items of interest: the signing of the Protocol, a firm-ish start date and a survey. (more…)

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