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UPC update: “U” for uncertainty
Previously, the main obstacle to implementation of the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent system was the ratification of the UPC Agreement by Germany: German ratification was significantly delayed by a pending case at the German Constitutional Court which is scheduled for decision later in 2019. However, even if the decision of the German Constitutional...
Developments at the EPO – New Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA)
The Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) have recently been updated. There has been a wide-scale revision of the rules, with both case management and substantive features of the appeal procedure being revised. The new RPBA will come into force on 1st January, 2020. In recent years, the case law of the...