of our website will be well aware that momentum is building
towards the introduction of the EU Unitary Patent and Unified
Patent Court. One of the most important developments at present
is the consultation
on court costs, which is open until the end of July.
CIPA, the IP Federation and the UK IPO are planning to host
a series of awareness-raising events on the background to the
consultation, the details of various elements contained within
it and how best to get your views across.
One event will be in
London on June 23. Hosted at
Allen & Overy’s office, it will feature Mr
Justice Birss (left), Kevin Mooney of Simmons & Simmons
(chair of the committee drafting the UPC Rules of Procedure)
and Alan Johnson of Bristows, a member of the UK
IPO’s European Focus Group.
There should be a lively discussion at the event, and there
will also be an interactive webinar. We will post a report
If you are interested in attending, you can email
Tina Alexander at Allen & Overy.
The IPO is considering hosting similar events in other
locations, and would like to gauge interest, so if you would
like to attend an event elsewhere, click on the relevant
I would like to go to an event in Scotland
I would like to go to an event in Manchester
I would like to go to an event in Leeds
As we’ve written before, for the new Unitary
Patent and UPC systems to succeed, getting the costs right is
key. The policy-makers have come up with their proposals, but
users in industry and in the patent professions also have a
responsibility to make their views clear. This is your
opportunity to do so.
If there are similar events in other countries taking place,
please do let us know about them, particularly if you think our
readers would be interested in attending.