Please note this article was updated on 21 March 2022.
The Administrative Committee of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has just published the final version of the Rules on Representation before the UPC which affect European Patent Attorneys. European Patent Attorneys are able to act before the UPC on behalf of clients where the European Patent Attorney has a recognised litigation qualification and is registered on the list of representatives before the UPC. The updated Rules published by the Administrative Committee confirm that the list of recognised litigation qualifications will include those granted by UK institutions before 31 December 2020. The announcement therefore confirms that all of the European Patent Attorneys at Kilburn & Strode LLP with existing litigation qualifications will be able to represent clients before the UPC. We will also be providing our more recently qualified European Patent Attorneys with the opportunity to obtain one of the alternative recognised litigation qualifications where necessary. We therefore look forward to the opening of the new Unified Patent Court.