Training centre for European patent judges opens in Budapest and Preparatory Committee Revises Timing for Commencement of Unitary Patent Court (UPC).

The Preparatory Committee of the UPC has just announced the opening of the training centre for UPC judges which, under the UPC Court Agreement will be in Budapest. We are still awaiting further news on how the Advisory Committee is doing in sifting through the huge number of expressions of interest from candidate judges.

In addition, on 18 March at its 5th meeting, the Preparatory Committee reviewed its roadmap and concluded that this needs revising. In particular, the ambitious starting date of early 2015 is clearly no longer achievable and late 2015 is the very earliest the court might be operational. Realistically we believe this date is also ambitious.

Finally, on 04 March Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden reached agreement on establishing a Nordic/Baltic regional division of the UPC. It remains to be seen whether the other participating Nordic states (Denmark and Finland) will join in.

Useful link

Unified Patent Court press release: www.unified-patent-court.org/news