Wednesday 4 September 2013

Draft Rules of Procedure for UPC: a helpful publication

Unified Patent Court - Draft Rules of Procedure is a 306-page handbook, which includes the Agreement in the three official languages of English, French and German.

The Rules in question are those found in the (original English language) 15th Draft of the Rules of Procedure, an unofficial French version of which has been prepared by Véron & Associés and is available at

The recent Commission’s proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation 1215/2012 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (Brussels I) 26.7.2013, COM(2013) 554 final 2013/0268 (COD) is also available on this website.

For a direct link to the handbook, click here.

A German version of the Draft Rules is being prepared by the law firm Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft and should be available in October. A third firm, the UK's Powell Gilbert, is also named in this venture. Pierre Véron adds that the firms are still working to facilitate simpler navigation in the document through the use of bookmarks, hyperlinks, etc., and that improved versions will be posted from time to time on

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