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UPC on Track to Open Early 2023

The second meeting of the Administrative Committee of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) was held on 8 July 2022. A number of important steps have been made towards opening of the UPC, as reported on the UPC website here. This includes adoption of the UPC’s Rules of Procedure and Table of Fees, the final versions of which are expected to be published soon. It has been confirmed that the Rules of Procedure will enter into force on 1 September 2022. Progress has also been made on recruitment of the staff and judges of the UPC.

It is clear that significant steps continue to be made towards the launch of the UPC system. The statement by the Administrative Committee concludes that timing of the start of operations of the UPC can reasonably be expected to occur in early 2023.