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/ Florian Dietzler

UPC is on track

At EPLIT's 9th Annual Meeting on May 12, 2022, Alexander Ramsay, chair of the UPC's Administrative Committee, gave an update on the progress of the UPC's preparatory work.

Following the inaugural meetings of the UPC committees at the end of February 2022, the interviews of candidate judges for the Court have started. The judges are expected to be appointed before the summer break. Once appointed, they will elect the two Presidents of the Court.

Due to UK's withdrawal from the UPC Agreement (UPCA) in connection with Brexit, the pharma section of the UPC's Central Division orginally intended for London will be reallocated. The Signatory Member States will decide on the reallocation. However, the start of operations by the UPC will not depend on the finalistion of the decision.

According to Ramsay, the preparations are going according to plan and are expected to meet the ambitious time schedule for the UPC to become operational in the first quarter of 2023. The start of operations will be triggered by the entry into force of the UPCA, which will occur three to four months after Germany deposits its instrument of ratification of the UPCA. The deposit of the German instrument of ratification is currently planned for the end of 2022.

 

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