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Latest state of play in view of the launch of the Unified Patent Court
The UPC Preparatory team is excited to share the implementation roadmap attached. This roadmap depicts all the key activities and milestones of the UPC in the coming months. The entry into force of the UPC Agreement is currently planned for 1 April 2023, with the Court opening its doors and starting to receive cases as from that date.
The Administrative Committee takes significant steps towards the setting up of the Unified Patent Court
On 8 July 2022, the Administrative Committee of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) held its second meeting, which took place largely onsite in Luxembourg with the participation of all Contracting Member States and observers. In addition to those observers already admitted in the context of the Administrative Committee’s inaugural meeting on 22 February 2022, a number of observer organisations have now also been admitted pursuant Article 5(7) of the Committee’s Rules of Procedure, namely: epi, EPLAW, EPLIT and BusinessEurope.
The Provisional Application Phase and the UPC’s expected timeline
After the inaugural meetings of the Administrative, Budget and Advisory Committee held at the end of February, the work preparing the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is continuing.
UPC medical and social security plan - call for tender
A call for tenders for the provision of medical and social services is launched today, with a view to set up the Unified Patent Court’s Medical and Social security Plan.
UPC Budget Committee holds inaugural meeting
Last week, following the UPC Administrative Committee, the UPC Budget Committee was also convened in Luxembourg, in the form of a hybrid meeting.
Announcement on the Unified Patent Court Administrative Committee’s inaugural meeting
Yesterday, 22 February 2022, a historical step in the setting up of the Unified Patent Court was taken when the Court’s Administrative Committee held its inaugural meeting in Luxembourg, at the seat of the Court of Appeal and the Registry.
Austria closes the loop – the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement has entered into force
Austria was the first Member State to ratify the UPC Agreement and yesterday the loop was closed when it deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement. As such, Austria is now the thirteenth Member State to participate in the provisional application of the UPC Agreement.
Report of the Preparatory Committee meeting held on 27 October 2021
The 21st UPC Preparatory Committee was held in Luxembourg on 27 October 2021 in a hybrid format, with a solid onsite and remote participation. The choice of format provided delegations with the needed flexibility in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Slovenia ratifies the Protocol on Provisional Application and the UPC Agreement
Last Friday, on 15 October 2021, the Slovenian government deposited its instrument of ratification for the Protocol on the Provisional Application of UPC Agreement (PAP-Protocol) and the UPC Agreement itself, bringing the Unified Patent Court one step closer to its launch.
Germany ratifies the Protocol on Provisional Application
Germany ratifies the Protocol on the Provisional Application of UPC Agreement (PAP-Protocol) and paves the way for the Unified Patent Court.