The UPC Preparatory Committee has opened the application process for legally and technically qualified judges for the UPC Court of First Instance or Court of Appeal, with a deadline of 4 July 2016. See here for information on the process and requirements.
- For legally qualified judges, the posts are full or part-time with a term of 6 years. Candidates must be nationals of a Contacting Member State which has signed the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) and their application may only be successful if their state also ratifies the UPCA. Candidates must have a good command of at least one official language of the European Patent Office (English, French or German), the highest standards of competence and proven experience in the field of patent litigation. Other requirements include:
- extensive experience in the field of patent litigation,
- initiative, high degree of commitment and self-motivation and a proactive approach to ensure efficiency and high quality of proceedings at the UPC
- the ability to work both independently and as part of a judicial panel or specialist team, and to meet tight deadlines
- well-developed written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
- strong analytical skills
- the capacity to work in a multinational and multilingual environment
See here for more specifics including salary. The successful candidates will be selected on the basis of qualifications and relevant experience, supplemented by interviews which are planned for end of 2016. Appointments by the UPC’s Administrative Committee are planned to take place early 2017.
- For technically qualified judges, posts are all part time but also for 6 years (see here). The same requirements for signature and ratification of the UPCA by the candidate's national state apply as well as the languages, competence and patent litigation experience as for legally qualified judges and are also required to have:
- a university degree,
- proven expertise in a field of technology and
- proven knowledge of civil law and procedure relevant in patent litigation
- On 29 April 2016 the Italian Government approved the draft bill for the ratification and implementation of the UPCA – a major step towards ratification.
- Lithuania has started the ratification process and the process of creating the Nordic-Baltic regional UPC court which Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia concluded an agreement to create (see press release 4 March 2014), although of the four only Sweden has ratified so far.
- As previously reported Bulgaria is poised to ratify, having passed the legislation necessary to implement the UPCA (when it comes into force) on 22 April 2016.
For more on ratification of the UPCA see here.