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27 June 2023

ILS 6th Annual Conference on Energy Arbitration & Dispute Resolution in MEA, hosted by International Law Summits & Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

ILS’s 6th Annual Conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa will take place on 27th and 28th June 2023. The event is organised in association with Herbert Smith Freehills and will take place in person at our London office, and will examine the economic,...
08 June 2023

Energy & Infrastructure Construction Law Roundtable 2023

Herbert Smith Freehills in collaboration with Aluko & Oyebode is hosting an Energy & Infrastructure Construction Law Roundtable on Thursday 8 June 2023 in Lagos, Nigeria .
02 June 2023

The Future of Consumer Series

Our Future of Consumer series explores the dramatic technological and social changes impacting retail-driven businesses
01 June 2023

UPC Key Documents – legislation and guidance

A collection of easy links to the key pieces of legislation and rules governing the Unified Patent Court and unitary patent:
01 June 2023

UPC Court Fees

The Administrative Committee of the UPC has issued a Table of Court fees document (8 July 2022; in force 1 September 2022).
01 June 2023

UPC: Mediation and Arbitration

The Patent Mediation and Arbitration Centre (PMAC) forms part of the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Its rules of operation are available here . It operates independently, but carries out its tasks in close contact and cooperation with the committees/bodies of the UPC which will have to take decisions...
01 June 2023

The Unified patent court and unitary patent – An introduction

The Unified Patent Court and unitary patent are now a reality as of 1 June 2023.
01 June 2023


For information on the impact of the UP and the UPC on the management of patent applications, patent portfolios in general and licensing see our two part series of feature articles in PLC Magazine:
01 June 2023

UPC Costs

The value of a case before the UPC will be determinative of court fees and the applicable ceilings for recoverable costs. The UPC Administrative Committee has published guidance on the determination of the value of a case before the UPC , alongside guidance on the scale of ceilings for recoverable...
01 June 2023

Regime change – France to usher in new era for class actions

Legislation aims to simplify and harmonise the country's fragmented class actions framework
01 June 2023

How to get a Unitary Patent

Also termed the European patent with unitary effect, the unitary patent (UP) is a single patent right covering all the states that have taken part in the enhanced cooperation procedure to create the right and fully ratified the UPC Agreement (UPCA). UPs are available now the UPC is operational to...
01 June 2023

UPC: Jurisdiction and opt-out

After the transitional period (of at least 7 years), as well as having exclusive jurisdiction over unitary patents, the UPC will have exclusive jurisdiction over all EPs designated to UPC participating EU Member States (unless these EPs have been opted out of its jurisdiction). The UPC will also...
01 June 2023


See our summary of who's currently in and who's out of the UP/UPC system below.
01 June 2023

The UPC Rules

The final version of the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court (also available in French and German ) came into force on 1 September 2022. One of the most significant changes from earlier drafts was to opt-out procedures, as well as changes to restrict access to pleadings where previous...
01 June 2023

UPC Structure – local, regional and central divisions and Court of Appeal

The UPC will have a Court of First Instance (divided into local, regional and central divisions) and a Court of Appeal (Luxembourg). Cases will commence in any one of these divisions according to the subject matter and the prescribed division set out in the UPC Agreement and the UPC Rules .