Posted: December 9th, 2014
The oral hearing on the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court, by Wouter Pors, Bird & Bird The Hague
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is based on three documents: the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA), the Statute of the Unified Patent Court and the Rules of Procedure (RoP), which are based on Article 52 UPCA.
The 15th draft of the Rules of Procedure was published on 31 May 2013, followed by a public consultation. There were more than 110 written submissions in this public consultation. The results of that consultation were incorporated in a redline 16th draft, published 31 January 2014, together with a Digest by the Expert Group (the former RoP drafting committee). The digest reports the views and suggestions submitted during the consultation, comments on those views and suggestions by Prof.dr. Winfried Tilmann of the Expert Group and the decisions made by the Expert Group. These decisions were made after the draft had also been discussed with a number of patent judges at the Venice Conference.
Read the entire report here.