France

Overview

UP 

Yes

UPC 

Yes

Status of ratification

Yes. France ratified on 14 March 2014.

Local or Regional CFI 

Yes. Central and local.

Location/Venue of CFI

As well as the central division in Paris there will also be a local CFI in Paris.

Judges 

Two national judges and one judge from the pool.

Languages 

English, French, German (Central division)
French, English and eventually German (Local division – still under discussion).

UP/UPC implementing legislation

Ratification of the UPC by Act No. 2014-199 of 24 February 2014 Ratification of the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application by Act of 23 May 2017.

Other UP matters of interest 

France signed the UPC Agreement's Protocol on provisional application (PPA) in October 2015 and signed the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) in June 2016.

Twobirds contact 
Yves Bizollon, Charles Tuffreau