Finland’s parliament adopts legislation to establish UPC local division in Helsinki


Following Finland’s ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC) on 19 January 2016, the government issued on 26 May a legislative proposal (Bill 87 2016) to enable establishment of a local division of the UPC in Helsinki. The Bill’s first reading in parliament was on 25 October, and parliament approved the Bill in its second reading on 28 October 2016.  The Bill (here) provides that the languages of proceedings in the court will be Finnish, Swedish and English. (Finnish and Swedish are the two official languages of Finland.)  To become law, the President must sign the Bill (following which it is published in the Statutes of Finland), and then (as stated in the Bill) its entry into force will require a government decree. It has been reported that the court will be located in the Market Court (which has been hearing all national patent litigation actions since 1 September 2013).

Richard Pinckney


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