On 22 February 2022, the first meeting of the Administrative Committee of the new European Patent Court (the Unified Patent Court) took place.
With this, the preparations for the establishment of the court enter a new phase. During this final phase, among other things, the judges for the new patent court will be appointed. Interviews for these will be held starting in March 2022.
The Administrative Committee consists of representatives from the 17 participating countries and is responsible for, among other things, appointing the judges and determining the precise procedural rules for litigation at the patent court. It is thus the supreme body of the new European Patent Court for all organizational issues. The first meeting marks the birth of the European Patent Court as an international organization and thus constitutes a milestone in the long genesis of the new court.
For more information about the UPC, see also our dossier ‘A new European Patent System’.