HSF shares insights on the Milan local division UPC judges for Managing IP

Following the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Administrative Committee's appointment of 85 legal and technical judges last month, including the appointment of two legally qualified judges in the Milan local division, Herbert Smith Freehills' Joint Global Head of Intellectual Property Laura Orlando shares her insights with Managing IP on what this may mean for the UPC. Read more

HSF comments for JUVE Patent on UPC judges list announcement

On 19 October 2022, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Administrative Committee announced the appointment of 85 legal and technical judges, ready for when the UPC Agreement comes into force, likely in Spring 2023 (1 April 2023 as per the latest announcement from the UPC Administrative Committee). Milan-based Joint Global Head of Intellectual Property, Laura Orlando, discusses the latest announcement with Amy Sandys at JUVE Patent in the article UPC divisions demonstrate clout with choice of experienced legal judges. Read more

HSF comments for IAM on The UPC on Day 1

Laura Orlando and Rachel Montagnon were in conversation with Adam Houldsworth of IAM recently, leading to their comments being published in the IAM article "Your guide to the UPC on day one". Access the article and their quotes here. Read more

Further progress towards the start of the UPC system

Jérôme Debrulle, Chair of the Select Committee of the Administrative Council for the Unitary Patent, has recently said that his committee’s work in preparation for the coming of the UPC is now complete.  He commented in an EPO press release that “In October 2021 the Select Committee adopted an ambitious work programme to complete the … Read more

UPC: Review licensing deals to avoid heartbreak, counsel warn

Laura Orlando's comments on reaching agreement on who has the right to seek or request opt-out or opt-in in relation to European patents and the up-coming UPC jurisdiction over them have been quoted by Managing Intellectual Property in an article of 16 June 2022: UPC special focus: Review licensing deals to avoid heartbreak, counsel warn. Read more

Interest from Pharma businesses worldwide in Europe-wide enforcement via the UPC

Laura Orlando, co-head of our Global IP practice and of Life Sciences in EMEA, has been interviewed by Managing Intellectual Property in an article focusing on the UPC and trends in the approach to opt-out being taken by the pharma sector. Whilst several others quoted emphasised that the uncertainties surrounding the new system and the … Read more

HSF feature article in PLC Magazine on the UPC and unitary patent (part 1)

Herbert Smith Freehills' European IP team have authored a feature article The UPC and the unitary patent: a choice for businesses, published in the March 2022 edition of PLC Magazine on the impact of the UPC and unitary patent system now likely to commence at the end of 2022 or early in 2023. In Part 1 we look the patent choices the new patent system will provide for prospective patentees, including whether to request unitary status for their EPs (the unitary patent). We look in detail at unitary patents - how to obtain unitary status and the transactional issues surrounding unitary patents, including applicable law of property and licensing and co-ownership issues. We also set out the timeframe to the date when the UPC will start accepting cases; explain where the UPC and unitary patents will have effect; and suggest what businesses should be doing now. Read more