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EPLIT’s 8th Annual Meeting

The Board of EPLIT is delighted to invite you to the 8th Annual Meeting to be held online on Thursday 27 May 2021 from  14.00 till 17.30 CET. Please click here for the agenda. As well as the annual update on EPLIT’s activities and progress, there will be a panel session on oral hearings by videoconference in national proceedings across Europe.  For our second panel discussion, we are...

Article Virtual hearings: Legality goes online in WIPR

EPO VICO Proceedings – EPLIT Interview with World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) In light of the recent referral to the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal on videoconference Oral Proceedings, EPLIT President Leythem Wall has been interviewed by World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) on his and EPLIT’s views. Particular reference is made to the results of the survey that EPLIT conducted in...

German Parliament Approves Ratification of the UPC Agreement

German Parliament Approves Ratification of the UPC Agreement Yesterday, 26 November 2020, the Bundestag passed the UPC ratification bill, exceeding the necessary two thirds majority highlighted as required by the decision of the German constitutional complaint. The vote of the German jury can be found here. An update from the UPC Preparatory Committee can be found here. Comments from the EPO...

Constitutional Complaint successful – UPCA on further hold

Today, the German Constitutional Court has handed down its decision in the case of the complaint against the Act of Approval to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court. The reason for the decision is that the Act amends the German Constitution in substantive terms but has not been approved by the Bundestag with the two-thirds required majority. This is another setback for the project of the...

The UK will not be part of the UPC

EPLIT has learned that the UK government intends to stop its cooperation towards the creation of the Unified Patent Court. EPLIT considers this to be a regrettable development and remains committed to support the establishment of a pan-European court for adjudicating patent disputes. Ideally, such court would have jurisdiction not only for EU states but also for other European countries...

Rules of Procedure of the Board of Appeal – in force from 1 January 2020

The new Rules of Procedure of the BoA have been approved by the Administrative Council on at its 160th meeting on 26 and 27 June 2019. The adopted version essentially remained unchanged as compared to the draft which formed basis of a user hearing last December. However, Rule 12(7) has been slightly amended. According to the draft an extension of the 4-months period to file a written reply in...

UPC Judicial Recruitment – 2019 Top-up Campaign now open

Following the major recruitment campaign in 2016 for judicial positions (both legal and technical) of the UPC, the Preparatory Committee has agreed to re-open recruitment for judicial positions to new applications. Given it has been three years since the last campaign, it is now right to call for new applications. This will allow those that were not eligible or decided not to apply three years...

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