Location of the Unified Patent Court
17 November 2011
The IP Federation has written to Baroness Wilcox, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills, requesting that the Central Division of the new Court should be located in London.
We realise that hosting the court in London would incur some cost for the UK public purse at least in the start-up phase. However this would be more than compensated by tax revenues from legal services providers in the UK.
We also believe that if the new Unified Patent Court is to meet its aspiration of having a truly European flavour, it is essential that the composition of the panels of judges in both the Central Division and the Court Of Appeal is truly multinational, meaning that there must not be more than one judge of the same nationality on any panel.
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