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The UPC is continuing its upward trajectory

28 February 2024

Almost nine months after launch, the Unified Patent Court has received around 250 actions, an average of nearly 28 actions per-month.

Compared to January, the UPC has seen an uptake in infringement actions (with an additional 18 compared to last month) and an increasing number of counterclaims for revocation (an additional 40 compared to last month). The chart below shows each action as a percentage of the total number of actions.

UPC actions - February update

These cases are split geographically as shown in the chart below. Germany has received an additional 57 actions compared with January, representing about 74% of the total number. Of these, 105 are Munich-based and the remaining cases split between Mannheim, Dusseldorf, and Hamburg, which have received 35, 25 and 16 cases respectively. France has received 42 actions (an additional three compared with last month), representing 17% of the total number. In other words, around 90% of the actions are divided between Germany and France.

The chart below illustrates the distribution of cases across the Central and Local Divisions of the UPC.

UPC Central and Divisional cases - February update

Most cases have been brought before the local division in Munich, with 101 in total (an increase of 43 compared with January). The Central Division in Paris follows with 22 (an increase of one) and then the local division in Paris (20) is next. The local divisions in Mannheim (35), Dusseldorf (25) and Hamburg (16) follow on with the remaining Divisions all having fewer than 10 cases each. These locations are still following the same trend as we saw last month and we expect it to continue as we move further into 2024.

The breakdown by country of plaintiffs in infringement actions is the following:

UPC breakdown by country - February update

And the breakdown by country of plaintiffs in revocation actions is the following:

UPC breakdown by country of revocation actions - February update

In terms of the language of proceedings, the core languages remain as German (56% of all cases) and English (38%) as shown in the chart below.

UPC language of proceedings - February update

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Marie-Claude Pellegrini & Nicholas Watermeyer

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