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Two recent developments revolving around the European Patent with Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) have prompted Dr. Thorsten Bausch, European Patent Attorney and senior partner in our chemistry Group, on the KluwerPatentBlog.
One of these developments was the publication of a comprehensive research paper by the Max Planck Institute, in which the position is taken that the UK may not stay in the UPC Agreement after Brexit because this would violate EU law and disable the EU’s effective control of its internal patent policy. The conclusion drawn is that the UPC’s central division in London will have to be relocated to a different city within the EU27. And this is where the other (coincidental) development comes into play. A large conference was recently held by the European Patent Office, the Corte d‘Appello di Milano and a number of renowned Italian patent litigators in Milan. This two-day conference impressively showed that Milan has both modern court facilities for the UPC and more than sufficient intellectual and judicial capacities to contribute to the new court. As the organizers emphasized: “Milano è pronta” – Milan is Ready.

The question now being asked is when will the UPCA be ready? But that is for another day.

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