The Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Action - How Will the Design of the UPC Affect Patent Law?

Publikation: Working paperForskning

The new common judiciary for European patents (UPC) will play a crucial role in the future European patent system. The UPC will be a very specialised court that i.a. recruits judges from specialists’ circles and has as part of its mission to develop a coherent and autonomous body of case law. The article points out that the UPC because of this design will be biased towards technology based values and uniformity at the expense of other values and interests e.g. non-economic public interests, and values associated with diversity. The practical effects of these biases are analysed regarding cases involving ordre public and morality and scope of protection. The article shows that the biases will affect the law in all the areas discussed and that if unchecked they will reduce some of the “wriggling room” which the current system has provided. To maintain that room a focused effort by the UPC to neutralise the effects of the biases is needed. Lastly, concrete steps to achieve this rebalancing are proposed.
Antal sider22
StatusUdgivet - 2014

Bibliografisk note

Available at SSRN: or Edited version forthcoming in "Transitions in European Patent Law – Influences of the Unitary Patent Package" (Kluwer 2015).

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