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US firms prioritise Europe as UPC countdown begins

In the recent article of Managing IP, examining future enforcement of EU patent law by the Unified Patent Court (UPC),  Katalin Lubóczki, coordinator of the UPC Working Group responsible for finalising the training plan for UPC judges emphasises that proportionality will be an important principle in UPC jurisprudence. In terms of training for UPC judges, she adds that the training on the rules of procedure, in particular, will elaborate on the importance of the principle of proportionality.

 

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