The primary advantage of the Unified Patent Court for Patentees is that it will operate as a single court with jurisdiction over multiple European States. If all 24 Contracting Member States ratify the UPC Agreement then the UPC will have a wide jurisdiction. An infringement action brought at the UPC would under these circumstances cover all EU States except Spain, Poland and Croatia.
The wide jurisdiction of the UPC will mean that a European Patent can be enforced in multiple States via a single infringement action brought at the UPC. That will be less expensive than the current requirement to bring separate infringement actions before the national courts of each State where there is infringing activity. It will also avoid the undesirable outcome of national courts in different European States coming to different conclusions.
As regards the UPC court procedure, the UPC will be designed specifically for patent litigation. The procedural rules of the UPC will enable a number of advantages for a Patentee seeking to enforce a patent:
Decisions from the UPC are likely to be of high quality. That is because first instance UPC cases will be heard by a panel of three experienced and specialist intellectual property judges. The plan is that at least one of the first instance UPC judges will be a IP specialist judge from the existing national courts. This ought to ensure high quality decisions from the outset. There will be a Court of Appeal which will sit as a panel of five experienced appeal judges.
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