European Patent Litigators Association


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...

Survey relating to the dress code for representatives before the UPC

The draft Code of Conduct adopted by the UPC Preparatory Committee mentions a dress code as follows: “Finally, we note that once decided for the judges, some provision on the dress code for Representatives should be added to avoid possible discrimination.“ We have been told that a blue robe as a dress code for the judges has been proposed. Please click here for a short...

List of international courses for the European Patent Litigation Certificate (EPLC)

The following international courses are set up to comply with the requirements of Rule 3 of the Rules on the EPLC, see here.

Rule 12 of the Rules on the EPLC contains a list of courses which provide an appropriate qualification for obtaining an EPLC in the transitional period, i.e. during a period of one year from the entry into force of the UPCA, see here.

EPLIT’s Letter on Ratification of the UPC Agreement to the Competitiveness Council

Today EPLIT has sent a letter to Ministers and others involved in the Competitiveness Council. A meeting of this Council will take place early next week. With this letter, EPLIT urges: the governments of those Signatory States to the UPCA that have not ratified the Protocol on Provisional Application to do so as soon as possible in order to ensure a speedy entry into operation of the UPC and the...

EPLIT comments to the complaint filed with the German Constitutional Court

Together with organizations such as EPLAW, GRUR and DAV (Deutscher AnwaltsVerein), EPLIT was invited to provide comments to the complaint filed with the German Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) concerning the Unified Patent Court Agreement. EPLIT has worked with Dr Bracher, a lawyer specialized in German constitutional law of the firm Redeker Sellner Dahs, to prepare a submission...

Update on Provisional Application Phase

The UK has deposited the document required to apply the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application (PPA) with the depository for the UPC Agreement.

This protocol will allow some parts of the UPC Agreement to be applied provisionally.

Further information on those Signatory States who have already agreed to be bound by the PPA can be found here.

UPC Timetable update

On 7 June 2017 it was announced on the website of the Unified Patent Court that the previously announced target date for the entry into operation of the UPC envisaged for December 2017 cannot be maintained. The timetable for the start of the period of provisional application and for the entry into force of the UPC Agreement is rely­ing on the timely finalization of national procedures concerning...

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