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The Unified Patent Court (UPC) announced yesterday the list of judges nominated to the Unified Patent Court. The announcement includes the appointment of Ms Florence Butin (FR) as President of the Court of First Instance and Mr Klaus Grabinski (DE) as President of the Court of Appeal.
This marks an important step forward in the creation of the Unified Patent Court as judiciary of the Unitary Patent system. "The EPO congratulates the Unified Patent Court on the appointment of 85 legally and technically qualified judges. My special congratulations go to Mr Klaus Grabinski for his election as President of Court of Appeal and Ms Florence Butin for her election as the President of the Court of First Instance, as well as all the elected members of the Presidium of the UPC," remarks António Campinos, President of the EPO. "The Unified Patent Court will be a key institution as Europe moves forward to further harmonise its IP landscape and consolidate a single market for technology and innovation."
Once operational, the UPC will have exclusive jurisdiction in the Contracting States of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on matters regarding Unitary Patents and classic European patents. In the latter case, UPC's exclusive jurisdiction will however be subject to exceptions during a transitional period.