Will the Unified EU Patent Court be Situated in Munich, or rather Warsaw?
Our today's article on the ksnh::law blog speculates a bit about whether or not the Unified Patent Court may go East, e.g. to Warsaw, Poland.
An example of such a decision on where to locate may be seen in the purely political decision in the 1990s that the new Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) should reside in Alicante, Spain - instead of the the much better prepared London - since it simply was Spain's turn to receive a major EU institution.
In a couple of month's time, we will see the decision on where the first instance Central Division and the second instance Appeal Court
of the EU Unitary Patent Court System will be located.
Like London in case of the OHIM, this time Munich would from a pragmatic point of view
be an excellent - if not the best - location in the EU, since this city has qualified (legal) judges, experienced technical judges, the
German Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht), the Eurpean Patent Office, the independent EPO Boards
of Appeal, the renowned Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and
Competition Law, and last but not least plenty of patent ...