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EPLIT’s 9th Annual Meeting on 12 May 2022

EPLIT cordially invites you to attend the 9th Annual Meeting of EPLIT, which will be held on 12 May 2022 at the Hilton Brussels Grand Place in Brussels. There is also the possibility of following the meeting online. Following the positive developments with the UPC, Alexander Ramsay, Chair of the UPC Preparatory Committee, will give an update on the progress. Cristiano Morganti (CEO of Net Service...

The UPC Provisional Application Period Enters Into Force

Austria has completed the ratification of the ‘provisional protocol’ for the Unified Patent Court Agreement. This has initiated the startup phase of the Unified Patent Court. If this startup phase proceeds as planned and clears a last safety catch, the Unified Patent Court may open its doors by early 2023. On 19 January 2022 the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional...

Progress in Germany – UPC Constitutional Complaints Deemed Inadmissible

Publicly announced today, and in a unanimous order dated 23 June 2021, the Federal Constitutional Court has rejected the two applications for preliminary injunction made against the Act for ratifying the UPC Agreement in Germany. The constitutional complaints (2 BvR 2216/20 and 2 BvR 2217/20) were filed on 18 December 2020, the same day the Bundesrat (upper chamber of Germany’s parliament) had...

EPLIT 8th Annual Meeting

The 8th Annual Meeting has been held online on Thursday 27 May 2021 from  14.00 till 17.30 CET. As well as the annual update on EPLIT’s activities and progress, a panel session on oral hearings by videoconference in national proceedings across Europe has been held.  For our second panel discussion, Tessa Donavan (EPO Opposition Division Member) and Graham Ashley...

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...

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