Rule 223 – Application for suspensive effect

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1. A party may lodge an Application for suspensive effect, in accordance with Article 74 of the Agreement.

2. The Application for suspensive effect shall set out:

(a) the reasons why the lodging of the appeal shall have suspensive effect;

(b) the facts, evidence and arguments relied on.

3. The Court of Appeal shall decide the Application without delay.

4. In cases of extreme urgency the applicant may apply at any time without formality for an order for suspensive effect to the standing judge [Rule 345.5 and .8]. The standing judge shall have all the powers of the Court of Appeal and shall decide the procedure to be followed on the application, which may include a subsequent written Application.

5. There shall be no suspensive effect for an appeal of an order pursuant to Rule 220.2, Rule 220.3 or 221.3.


Relation with Agreement: Article 74


Case Law


Court of Appeal


IPPT20240118, UPC CoA, Meril v Edwards Lifesciences
Application to order suspensive effect to appeal of order to bear the (to be assessed) costs of the proceedings up to a maximum of € 200.000 dismissed (article 74 UPCA, Rule 223 (1) RoP). Admissible application: A decision under Rule 360 RoP by which the court has dismissed an action because there is no need to adjudicate on the merits and includes the decision on the costs of the proceedings is to be be regarded as a final decision within the meaning of Rule 220.1(a) RoP and not as a decision within the meaning of Rule 223.5 RoP. Application unfounded: Interest of the plaintiff regarding further costs for cost assessment procedure does not generally outweigh the interest of the successful party within the meaning of Rule 151 RoP in a quick decision on the costs of the proceedings. Suspensive effect also not justified because if there are errors in the appealed order, they are in any case not errors that led to a manifestly erroneous order.


IPPT20231106, UPC CoA, Ocado
Appeal from the order to grant a third party access to documents (Rule 262 RoP) shall have suspensive effect, to ensure that there is time to adjudicate Ocado’s appeal on the merits from the Order to grant a third party access to documents, which will be enforceable on 7 November 2023 and would make the appeal devoid of purpose(Article 74 UPCARule 223 RoPRule 262 RoP) Application ex officio handled as having extreme urgency by the standing judge (Rule 223(4) RoP).


Court of First Instance


IPPT20240408, UPC CFI, LD Milan, PMA v AWM
No access to written report and any other outcome of the measures to inspect premises and to preserve evidence and revocation of the measures to preserve evidence because applicant did not timely start proceedings on the merits (Article 60(9) UPCA, Rule 198 RoP, Rule 9(4) RoP). Restitution of all evidence gathered through the execution of the revoked measures is to take place from 05.06.2024 on, unless the Court of Appeal decides otherwise (Article 74 UPCA, Rule 223 RoP). It is quite clear that an appeal could not be effective if this Court’s order for the return of the evidence gathered were given immediate effect.