Silent correction attempts,

Article on the quiet revision of the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court as regards the availability of legal aid for legal persons (19/11/2018)

The Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court has secretly and quietly amended the rules on legal aid in the UPC Rules of Procedure, making it available also to legal persons. Although this is a mandatory requirement of affording effective legal protection according to the case law of the CJEU, the possibility of claiming legal aid has so far been limited to natural persons. However, the secret attempt to retroactively establish conditions compatible with Union law in that regard, by changing the Rules of Procedure is unlikely to work, since the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court still restricts legal aid to natural persons, which the Rules of Procedure, as lower-ranking law, cannot override.

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Resources:

  • Link to the document “Public Consultation on the Rules on Court fees and recoverable costs” (PDF).
  • Link to the document “Rules on Court fees and recoverable costs” of 25/02/2016 (PDF).
  • Link to the press statement of the UK government “Zero opt out fee agreed for Unified Patent Court” of 29/02/2016.
  • Link to the 18th draft of the UPC Rules of Procedure, version of 01/07/2015 (PDF).
  • Link to decision CJEU, C-279/09, judgment of 22/12/2010 – DEB Deutsche Energiehandels- und Beratungsgesellschaft mbH / Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
  • Link to the communication by the PC-UPC “12th meeting of the Preparatory Committee – 19 October 2015” of 20/10/2015.
  • Link to the 18th draft of the UPC Rules of Procedure, version of 19/10/2015 (PDF).
  • Link to the communication by the PC-UPC“17th Preparatory Committee – 30 June 2016” of 01/07/2016.
  • Link to the 18th draft of the UPC Rules of Procedure, version of 30/06/2016 (PDF).
  • Link to the communication by the PC-UPC “18th Preparatory Committee – 10 October 2016” of 12/10/2016.
  • Link to the 18th draft of the UPC Rules of Procedure, version of 10/10/2016 (PDF).
  • Link to the communication by the PC-UPC “Draft Rules of Procedure – updated March 2017” of 12/10/2016.
  • Link to the 18th draft of the UPC Rules of Procedure, version of 15/03/2017 (PDF).