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Proposal for a Code of Conduct for the UPC

May 19, 2016

Publication of the draft by EPLAW, EPLIT and epi According to Rule 290(2) of (the 18th draft of) the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court ("RoP UPC"), representatives who appear before the Court shall strictly comply with any code of conduct adopted for such representatives by the Administrative Committee. European Patent Attorneys with specific qualifications will be able to represent parties before the UPC under Article 48(2) of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court.


Partnership for Quality meeting, Munich

April 27, 2016

On 19th April, a delegation from the epi headed by the President Tony Tangena met with a delegation from the EPO headed by the EPO President Benoît Battistelli. The meeting was held as part of the ‘Quality for Partnership’ program, a continuous dialogue between the epi and the EPO by means of which both organizations exchange their views and update each other on quality matters.


UPC Agreement Ratification Process and Local or Regional Divisions

April 25, 2016

Before the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) can enter into force, it needs to be ratified by 13 Member States, including Germany, France and the UK (Art 89(1) UPCA).


Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between EPO and epi

April 19, 2016

Today, further to the Partnership for Quality meeting, the epi President and the EPO President jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Munich.


Overview of national laws on nucleic acid sequences

April 13, 2016

The epi Committee on Biotechnological Inventions has created the following overview of the national laws of the 38 EPC Contracting States with regard to nucleic acid sequences. The main issue covered by this overview concerns purpose/function limited protection.