The Unitary Patent System

After 14 years of preparation and work, the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court are finally a reality in the 17 EU member states that, as of 1.6.2023, have ratified the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) (signed by 24 Member States).

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English used in German Chambers for commercial matters

Will its use make Germany and German law a more attractive option for cross-border commercial litigation after Brexit?

The UK legal market has a strong global position due to the popularity of English law and the English language: some 27% of the world's 320 legal jurisdictions use English Common law. Many private companies also choose to use English for the drafting of their contracts and during ARD, and with the language comes the choice of English law. Further to this, EU membership and the adoption of the current EU regulations on the enforcement of court orders make English orders enforceable throughout the EU in a simple and quick manner in certain qualifying cases.

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The European e-Justice Portal: An introduction to the different legal systems in Europe

Accessible in all EU languages!

The European e-Justice Portal is part of the EU Commission initiative on Justice. It is intended to provide a single online access point for judicial information and services. For citizens, businesses and practitioners concerned with cross-border legal matters alike, it informs those interested on:

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