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UPC news ticker

JUVE Patent brings you the latest news on the development of the UPC, as well as an overview of our previous coverage on the most important stages in the creation of the first European civil court.

June 2019

Recruitment for UPC judges raises new speculation

Three years after the last campaign, the UPC Preparatory Committee has announced it is re-opening its judicial recruitment process and accepting new applications. The new campaign will be a ‘top-up’ exercise to complement the major UPC judicial recruitment campaign held in 2016. It covers both legal and technical judicial positions. The news has ignited rumours in the patent community that a ruling in the constitutional complaint is imminent. However, a spokesperson for the German Constitutional Court called these unfounded.

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November 2017

Constitutional judges extend deadline for submitting opinions

In October, the constitutional judges extended the deadline for participating institutions to provide an opinion to 31 December 2017. There is speculation that the Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection asked for more time. However, three other institutions have also been given the opportunity to provide an opinion: the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), the European Patent Litigators Association (EPLIT) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI). This increases the number of opinions the Karlsruhe court expects to receive by the end of the year to 27. Furthermore, lawyer advocacy groups, the German government and the European Patent Office are all compiling opinions. Experts believe that the local governments in each of the four German states that are set to host a UPC local division will also submit an opinion. When Düsseldorf lawyer Ingve Stjerna filed his constitutional complaint back in spring, the patent community was hoping for a quick ruling. The norm for the court is four to six months. However, with the new extension and sheer amount of paperwork involved, a ruling before 2020 is looking increasingly unlikely.

July 2017

Constitutional complaint brings UPC ratification to a standstill

A complaint at the Constitutional Court has brought the ratification process in Germany – and with it the UPC – to a screeching halt. On 31st March, a private person filed a constitutional complaint against the national implementation law and even the UPC Agreement itself (ref. 2 BvR 739/17). The latter had only just been passed by the German parliament. In addition, the complainant has applied for a temporary injunction. As a result, on 12 June, president Frank-Walter Steinmeier halted the ratification process. How quickly Karlsruhe will rule on the complaint is unclear. Although a spokesperson for the court conceded there is a particular sense of urgency, she also insisted the matter is highly complex. Experts estimate Karlsruhe could rule on the urgent motion in four to six months. Technically, this would mean the UPC could still launch in early 2018.

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