UPC’s PPI to come into force for Slovenia


The Council of the EU has recorded on this webpage that the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will enter into force for Slovenia on 24 June. Slovenia is hosting a local division of the Court in Ljubljana and also a seat of the Patent Mediation and Arbitration Centre (another seat being in Lisbon). The PPI will confer legal status on the Court and certain privileges and immunities on the Court and its property, judges and staff to ensure its proper functioning. A declaration on the webpage states that Slovenia considers that the Patent Mediation and Arbitration Centre (established by the UPC Agreement) is part of the UPC and consequently the provisions of the PPI apply mutatis mutandis to the Centre.

This map shows the locations of the UPC and, as shown on the Council of the EU’s webpage, the PPI is in force for Luxembourg (where the Court of Appeal is located) and all the countries where a central division seat or section is located and where a local division is located, except for Austria, which is hosting a local division in Vienna. Nor is the PPI in force for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania which, together with Sweden, form the Nordic-Baltic regional division but the main location of that division is in Stockholm and the PPI is in force in Sweden.

Gregory Bacon


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