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Unitary patent: 17th Draft of Rules of Procedure – What’s changed?

Unified patent courtThe 17th draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court Agreement appeared online recently in advance of the oral hearing in Trier tomorrow (26 November 2014). We’ve taken a quick look over the changes to highlight a few points that have changed. (more…)

European Patent Litigation Certificate – responses to consultation

EU flagBefore the summer recess the Unified Patent Court Preparatory Committee ran a consultation on the European Patent Litigation Certificate (EPLC). Regular readers will recall that this certificate links to Article 48 of the UPC Agreement which states that parties may either be represented by lawyers authorised to practice before a court of a Contracting Member State or by European Patent Attorneys who have “appropriate qualifications such as a European Patent Litigation Certificate”.

The consultation closed on 25 July and, according to the latest Preparatory Committee roadmap, a revised version of the EPLC rules is expected early 2015. In the meantime one of our Twitter followers (thank you Guillaume S./@EPpatent) kindly pointed us at the Bristows UPC website where a few of the responses to the EPLC consultation are hosted.

Given that these responses include representatives from patent attorneys and also from lawyers we thought it might be fun to see how far apart the responses were! (more…)

European Patent Litigation Certificate – CIPA’s Public Consultation Seminar

Unified patent courtArticle 48(2) of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (which relates to representation) states: “Parties may alternatively be represented by European Patent Attorneys who are entitled to act as professional repre¬≠sentatives before the European Patent Office pursuant to Article 134 of the EPC and who have appropriate qualifications such as a European Patent Litigation Certificate“.

What constitutes a European Patent Litigation Certificate has been the subject of much discussion already (here’s an earlier IPcopy article) and is now the subject of a formal consultation (details here) with a closing date of 25 July.

CIPA has announced that it is to hold a seminar on this subject on 2 July 2014 at CIPA Hall. Full details are after the break or you can click here and jump straight to the CIPA Events page to book your place. (more…)

CIPA/IPO Meeting to discuss representation in front of the Unified Patent Court – Part I

cipalogoIPcopy attended the joint CIPA/IPO open meeting on 21 January 2014 to discuss the issues of representation before the Unified Patent Court.

This is the first of two posts (the second will go up on IPcopy tomorrow) to cover the issues discussed in the meeting and in this post we will look at the arguments being put forward in support of patent attorneys having rights of representation in the UPC. Tomorrow’s post will highlight some of the comments from the floor and closing remarks made during the meeting.UKIPOlogo

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