Agreement on a Unified Patent Court

Part I. - General and institutional provisions

 

Preamble

 

 

Chapter I. - General provisions

 

Article 1 - Unified Patent Court

 

Article 2 - Definitions

 

Article 3 - Scope of application

 

Article 4 - Legal status

 

Article 5 - Liability

 

 

Chapter II. - Instutional provisions 

 

Article 6 - The Court

 

Article 7 - The Court of First Instance

 

Article 8 - Composition of the panels of the Court of First Instance

 

Article 9 - The Court of Appeal

 

Article 10 - The Registry

 

Article 11 - Committees

 

Article 12 - The Administrative Committee

 

Article 13 - The Budget Committee

 

Article 14 - The Advisory Committee

 

 

Chapter III. - Judges of the Court

 

Article 15 - Eligibility criteria for the appointment of judges

 

Article 16 - Appointment procedure

 

Article 17 - Judicial independence and impartiality

 

Article 18 - Pool of Judges

 

Article 19 - Training framework

 

 

Chapter IV. - The primacy of union law, liability and responsibility of the contracting member states

 

Article 20 - Primacy of and respect for Union law

 

Article 21 - Requests for preliminary rulings

 

Article 22 - Liability for damage caused by infringements of Union law

 

Article 23 - Responsibility of the Contracting Member States

 

 

Chapter V. - Sources of law and substantive law

 

Article 24 - Sources of law

 

Article 25 - Right to prevent the direct use of the invention

 

Article 26 - Right to prevent the indirect use of the invention

 

Article 27 - Limitations of the effects of a patent

 

Article 28 - Right based on prior use of the invention

 

Article 29 - Exhaustion of the rights conferred by a European patent

 

Article 30 - Effects of supplementary protection certificates

 

 

Chapter VI. - International jurisdiction and competence

 

Article 31 - International jurisdiction

 

Article 32 - Competence of the Court

 

Article 33 - Competence of the divisions of the Court of First Instance

 

Article 34 - Territorial scope of decisions

 

 

Chapter VII. - Patent mediation and arbitration

 

Article 35 - Patent mediation and arbitration centre

 

 

Part II. Financial Provisions

 

Article 36 - Budget of the Court

 

Article 37 - Financing of the Court

 

Article 38 - Financing of the training framework for judges

 

Article 39 - Financing of the Centre

 

 

Part III. - Organisation and procedural provisions

 

Chapter I. - General provisions

 

Article 40 - Statute

 

Article 41 - Rules of Procedure

 

Article 42 - Proportionality and fairness

 

Article 43 - Case management

 

Article 44 - Electronic procedures

 

Article 45 - Public proceedings

 

Article 46 - Legal capacity

 

Article 47 - Parties

 

Article 48 - Representation 

 

 

Chapter II - Language of proceedings

 

Article 49 - Language of proceedings at the Court of First Instance

 

Article 50 - Language of proceedings at the Court of Appeal

 

Article 51 - Other language arrangements

 

 

Chapter III. - Proceedings before the Court

 

Article 52 - Written, interim and oral procedures

 

Article 53 - Means of evidence 

 

Article 54 - Burden of proof

 

Article 55 - Reversal of burden of proof

 

 

Chapter IV. - Powers of the Court

 

Article 56 - The general powers of the Court

 

Article 57 - Court experts

 

Article 58 - Protection of confidential information

 

Article 59 - Order to produce evidence

 

Article 60 - Order to preserve evidence and to inspect premises

 

Article 61 - Freezing orders

 

Article 62 - Provisional and protective measures

 

Article 63 - Permanent injunctions

 

Article 64 - Corrective measures in infringement proceedings

 

Article 65 - Decision on the validity of a patent

 

Article 66 - Powers of the Court concerning decisions of the European Patent Office

 

Article 67 - Power to order the communication of information

 

Article 68 - Award of damages

 

Article 69 - Legal costs

 

Article 70 - Court fees

 

Article 71 - Legal aid

 

Article 72 - Period of limitation

 

 

Chapter V. - Appeals 

 

Article 73 - Appeal

 

Article 74 - Effects of an appeal

 

Article 75 - Decision on appeal and referral back

 

 

Chapter VI. - Decisions

 

Article 76 - Basis for decisions and right to be heard

 

Article 77 - Formal requirements

 

Article 78 - Decisions of the Court and dissenting opinions

 

Article 79 - Settlement

 

Article 80 - Publication of decisions

 

Article 81 - Rehearing

 

Article 82 - Enforcement of decisions and orders

 

 

Part IV. - Transitional provisions

 

Article 83 - Transitional regime

 

 

Part V. - Final provisions

 

Article 84 - Signature, ratification and accession

 

Article 85 - Functions of the depositary

 

Article 86 - Duration of the Agreement

 

Article 87 - Revision

 

Article 88 - Languages of the Agreement

 

Article 89 - Entry into force

 

 

Annex I - Statute of the Unified Patent Court 

 

 

Annex II - Distribution of cases within the central division 

 

Disclaimer

Text in force at 06-01-2019. The text can be verified at overheid.nl. Titles of articles have been added for convenience, but are lacking in the official text, IP-PorTal.