The UPC Preparatory Committee met this week on 5 May (Turbo Tuesday) and the big piece of news from the meeting is that the consultation document in respect of for the court fees and recoverable costs for the Unified Patent Court is ready to launch. The written consultation will run from tomorrow 8 May 2015 for 12 weeks. This means that from tomorrow we should hopefully have some idea what the fee amounts in Rule 370 of the Rules of Procedure (see page 149-150) will look like.
Other topics discussed included the issue of provisional application of the UPC Agreement which as you’ll recall from previous posts is needed to help bring the court into operation in a smooth way. “Substantial progress in building consensus around a text to this effect” was apparently made.
On the European Patent Litigation Certificate it seems that there are still a few loose ends to tie off. However, the Prep Committee update suggests this will be done in writing so presumably we will have further details on this prior to the next meeting of the committee on 10 July.
We’ll have more on the consultation when it appears.
Mark Richardson 7 May 2015