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Johnson and Johnson provide path to UK’s ratification of the UPC Agreement
Jo Johnson, the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, last week picked up responsibility for Intellectual Property (from Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe who has moved to a Treasury role). On Wednesday last week Mr Johnson appeared with Jenny Dibden (Director of Science & Research at BEIS) and Sean Dennehey (Acting CEO at UKIPO) at a House of Commons Science and Technology Committee session (video of the event can be found here).
The session was quite wide ranging with questions about the Government’s Industry Strategy Challenge fund, the state of innovation in the UK, the opportunities for collaboration between business and universities and the role of the UKIPO in assisting the public in protecting their inventions and IP.
The main event though, as far as IPcopy was concerned, was the exchange between Derek Thomas MP and Jo Johnson MP about the Unified Patent Court. (more…)
The UK’s path to ratifying the UPC Agreement
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the UK announced at the EU Competitiveness Meeting in November that it would be continuing with its preparations for ratifying the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement.
In an article last week I noted that I was unsure of the steps the UK would need to take to ratify. Since then however I have very kindly been walked through the remaining steps of the ratification process in a conversation with Dr Laura Starrs at the UKIPO.
Following this conversation IPcopy understands the process as follows (Note: any errors or omissions in what follows are my fault alone!):
UPC Taskforce Update: January 2016
The update messages from the UK’s UPC Taskforce have started up again after the recent holiday break and we have the first update of what promises to be a fairly busy year.
Preparatory Committee – the next meeting for the Prep Committee is scheduled for this month and the agenda is scheduled to cover some significant items including: judicial salaries, Registry rules, arbitration and the final proposal for the court fees. (Will there be any changes to the level of the opt-out fee? It will be interesting to see the updated proposal in due course.) The Rules of Procedure will require some minor tweaking to incorporate the court fees and also admin errors in the opt-out process and the Rules are due to come before the Prep Committee in April. (more…)
UPC Update: Rules of Procedure, IT user testing & UK threats provisions
UPC Update – Rules of Procedure
At the last meeting of the Preparatory Committee, the 18th draft of the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court was adopted.
This 18th draft will, subject to some modifications when the court fees have been decided, form the final version of the Rules of Procedure.
The 18th draft does not comprise too many substantive changes from the previous version (a handy comparison of the two versions can be seen here) but IPcopy notes the following changes: (more…)
UPC: More on the sunrise opt-out register & Taskforce Update
In our post last week we highlighted a story we’d seen that the UKIPO would be responsible for the opt-out register during the sunrise period for the Unified Patent Court and that this register would be transferred to the Court’s registry when the court became active.
We’d not heard of this development before so we reached out to the UPC taskforce team at the UKIPO and asked them about the sunrise period, the opt-out register and the UKIPO’s involvement. (more…)
UPC: Protocol, Opt-out, Start Date and Survey
IPcopy has been busy with reviewing the EPO Guidelines recently and so we are now belatedly reporting a few unitary patent items of interest: the signing of the Protocol, a firm-ish start date and a survey. (more…)
Unitary patent and UPC update – September 2015 (Part Two)
Here’s another brief update on all things Unitary patent/UPC.
UK UPC Taskforce
The UK’s UPC Taskforce issued another status update last week. The next Preparatory Committee meeting is scheduled for 19 October.
The Expert Panel of the Preparatory Committee have had a presentation on the IT system and there has also been discussion of the feedback from the court fee consultation. It is also noted that a Code of Conduct is being developed for representatives and proposals for this are being developed with representatives from EPLAW, EPLIT and epi. (more…)
UPC Update: UK UPC Taskforce (June 2015, part 2)
Another week, another UPC related update from the good folks at the UKIPO plus a short update on the unitary patent fee proposal from the EPO. (more…)
UPC Update: UK UPC Taskforce (June 2015)
Unitary patent and UPC related progress continues to creep forward and the UKIPO has issued another of its regular updates. Once again there’s no major news but some smaller updates ….. (more…)
UPC Updates: UK UPC Taskforce, Italy U-turn & the Belgian Challenge
IPcopy has received a further short update from the UK’s UPC taskforce on the state of play with the unitary patent and UPC. We also note below the updated position of Italy with respect to the unitary patent and the state of the Belgian challenge to the ratification of the UPC Agreement. (more…)