Unified Patent Court (UPC) announces its Rules of Procedure
On 27 October 2015 the UPC Preparatory Committee published on its website the Rules of Procedure of the of the Unified Patent Court. While most rules should be considered in their final version, some "adaptations" are still possible since the court fees have not been fixed yet.
FICPI contributed to the definition of the Rules of Procedure by submitting comments on the 15th draft to the Preparatory Committee and by attending a hearing in November 2014, when the 17th draft was discussed.
As remarked by the Committee, "Those interested in the Court's operation should familiarise themselves with the text", which comprises more than 300 rules.
The UPC is expected to open at the beginning of 2017.