|Entrance of Aviation House in London - snow not|
It is therefore no surprise that the location of the Unified Patent Court preoccupies many. First, the debate was whether the UK would get the Central Division (see previous AmeriKat post here). Now, the Intellectual Property Office's UPC Taskforce is turning to where the UK's seat of the Central Division and local division hosted in London will be. The current property options are as follows (see fuller summary document found at this link):
Building 1000. This location is opposite City Airport. This means that it would be accessible for international litigants (as long as they are fortunate to come from a country/city that flies into City). It is apparently accessible from Central London in less than 30 minutes (depending on traffic and contingent on you and your clients coming from Central London and not from Heathrow). There is a lot of space available -- some 6 floors with 2,500 sqm per floor. And you can watch airplanes take off and land, which is useful for demonstrations of any aviation patents that may be litigated.
|A view from Building 1000. Hours of |
cross-examination in a sunbeam-filled
room with water glistening gently
below is surely a recipe for naps....
Aviation House. Located in central London (although the name is really more apropos for Building 1000's location), this is apparently a less flexible space and is considered to be the less user-friendly option as no large courtroom is possible and there is limited meeting room availability. However, the interior is modern and is right next to Holborn Tube Station. This means that it is in the legal district so for those English judges who are sitting in the UPC, they can sit in the Patents Court in the morning and saunter over to Aviation House for their afternoon UPC interim hearing. Being on the Piccadilly line means that those litigants arriving from Heathrow have a simple journey in. Sainsburys is on the ground floor so you can also get your weekly shopping out of the way.
|Floor plan depicting numerous pillars which|
makes Aviation House a less flexible space
Tough call. The AmeriKat understands from an anonymous source that the EPLAW Board was recently contacted by the UPC Taskforce of the UK IPO with the aim to to test with stakeholders their thoughts on these possible locations. To assist the UK IPO and governments of other Signatory States who are also looking for locations for their UPC divisions, the EPLAW board decided to launch a consultation among EPLAW members via a survey (see this link to the document) the results of which would then be shared with the UK Government. The UKIPO has also requested that opinions be emailed to email@example.com with short comments on reasons for preferring one property over the other.
|London's UPC division coming to a location near you?|
If no one can reach an agreement on the location, the AmeriKat suggests that the UK Government just buys a few luxury touring bus and with the judges literally at the wheel, the UPC can come to you. Roadtrip!