The Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court adopted the final text of the court’s Rules of Procedure on 19.10.2015. This international court is authorized from 01.01.2017 to decide in disputes related to European patents. The rules concerning defrayal and court fees can still change according to the results of the negotiations on them. The Rules of Procedure will formally be adopted with the decision of the Administrative Committee after the commencement of the provisional application of the international agreement on the Unified Patent Court.
The Rules of Procedure is one of the essential documents regarding the operation of the Unified Patent Court. It is of major importance not only for the judge candidates, but for the legal representatives acting on patent matters and for the parties to the proceedings as well. The final draft was elaborated by the legal working group of the Preparatory Committee in cooperation with the Drafting Committee consisting of patent law experts taking into account the incoming remarks in the course of public consultation and audition.
The report about the adoptation of the Rules of Procedure and the final text can be read on the homepage of the Unified Patent Court.