Latest news — April 2014: the training of UPC judges; local and regional UPC divisions announced; and more
The training of UPC judges
Having requested interest from potential judges on 30 November 2013, and drawing responses from some 1,500 candidates, the Preparatory Committee has now formulated a number of categories of suitability of the candidates, including those with training needs. In parallel, the dedicated training centre that will function as a co-ordinating office for the training of judges and candidate judges of the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) was officially opened on 13 March 2014 in Budapest.
Ratifications of the UPC Agreement
A further major development is the ratification of the UPC Agreement by France. This is the third country to ratify, after Austria and Malta. Ten more ratifications are now needed. The French ratification is particularly significant because, together with those of Germany and the UK, it is mandatory for the UPC to come into force…
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