The Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has now published the 16th draft of the Rules of Procedure intended for the UPC. This draft has been prepared in response to a wide consultation with practitioners and industry on the earlier draft and represents another important step towards the establishment of the UPC.
The Preparatory Committee states on its website that the Legal Group of the Preparatory Committee will now examine this new draft set of rules at the level of participating EU-Member States. It adds that the publication of the 16th draft of the Rules of Procedure is not intended as a call for a further round of written comments but for information only. There will be an opportunity for further comments to be submitted at the oral hearing planned to be held by the Legal Group later this year.