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Draft agreement on a Unified Patent Court and Draft Statute

17 January 2012

Committee to hold two evidence session exploring the proposals to set up a unified patent court in Europe

Committee has been following discussions on proposals to set up a unified patent court in Europe. It has reported its concerns and those of stakeholder associations to the House through its Reports on 9 November and 7 December 2011

The Committee will hold two evidence sessions. The first will explore the concerns of patent lawyers in the UK and Europe with the proposed court. The second will ask the Government to explain its policy on the proposed court, and to answer the concerns of the proposed courts' many critics.

Evidence will be heard from:

Wednesday 25 January, 2.30pm

  • Mr Timothy Roberts, President, and Ms Vicki Salmon, Chair, Litigation Committee, Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Henry Carr QC, Chair, Intellectual Property Bar Association

At approximately 3.30pm,

  • Dr Christian Gassauer-Fleissner, Chairman of European Patents Lawyers Association

Wednesday 1 February, 2.30pm

  • Rt Hon Baroness Wilcox, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, and officials, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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