On Friday 21 June, Dehns Attorneys attended an Oral Hearing at the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Paris on behalf of longstanding client, Carrier Corporation. The case was the first to have been filed at the Paris branch of the UPC Central Division and was only the 5th hearing to have been held there.

The Oral Hearing was the last substantive stage of the proceedings before the UPC’s Paris Central Division, before the Court hands down its judgment on the outcome (subject to any potential appeal) of a revocation action brought against Carrier.

Dehns Partners Rob Jackson and Gregory Lees presented arguments to the multi-national, three-judge panel, composed of two experienced legal judges and one technical judge, during the hearing. The Dehns team dealt with issues around patentability, sufficiency and added matter, as well as the form of admissible amendments. It is expected that the decision will be announced within six weeks.

Rob and Gregory (shown on the left and right in the picture) were joined by Fernando Rey (centre of picture) from Carrier who also attended the hearing.

Dehns has almost 80 attorneys authorised to act before the UPC, and is currently handling more cases at the UPC than any other UK patent attorney firm; this includes representing clients at UPC hearings at first instance and before the UPC’s Court of Appeal.

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