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Making sense of the UPC fee proposals

The consultation on the court fees, SME support and recoverable costs for the Unified Patent Court runs until July 31 and provides an opportunity for anyone to help shape this important aspect of the proposed new patent system in Europe. A series of events in the UK over the next month will provide more information


Regular readers 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.

Colin Birss

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 afterwards.

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 link:

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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.

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