Paul van Beukering and Alexander Ramsay are chair and vice-chair of the newly established Preparatory Committee which will be responsible for the setting up and coming into operation of the Unified Patent Court. They report in a letter to (amongst others) IP Judges and EPLAW dated 27 March, 2013:
"One of the first tasks of the Preparatory Committee will be to fix a roadmap for the early establishment and coming into operation of the Unified Patent Court. There was agreement amongst the participants that the tasks to be carried out are those contained in annex II to the attached document and that these should serve as a basis for the roadmap. It was also agreed that early 2015 would constitute a realistic target date for the entry into operation of the Unified Patent Court.
"The Preparatory Committee considers it to be of vital interest that stakeholders will be actively
involved in the work of the Committee. Input from industry, patent judges and practitioners will be
needed throughout the process, both at the expert level of the project teams and at a more general level. This will be realised through formal as well as informal consultations and dialogue sessions. An important instrument for communication will be the Committee’s website which will be developed shortly.
"Priority shall be given to a broad consultation on the Rules of Procedure amongst interested circles.
The Committee will do so in close cooperation with the expert group that has worked intensively on
a draft set of rules. Details about the consultation will be communicated in due time. Let us assure
you, input from stakeholders is of utmost importance to the Committee especially on this essential
element of the Committee’s work and a sufficient amount of time will be given."
"The Preparatory Committee aims at having its second meeting at the end of May, early June. Then
we intend to i.a. establish a Roadmap for the preparatory work and the composition and planning
of the project teams. We also aim at agreeing on a communication policy for the Committee. By
then, we hope to have made substantial progress in organising the consultation on the Rules of
Procedure as well."
Read the letter here.
Read the attached COREPER document here.