Draft Agreement for a Unified Patent Court and Draft Statute

The European Scrutiny Committee has been following discussions on the proposal to set up a unified patent court in Europe, and has reported its concerns and those of stakeholder associations to the House through its Reports on 9 November and 7 December 2011

The Committee will hold two evidence sessions. The first will explore the concerns of patent lawyers in the UK and Europe with the proposed court.  The second will ask the Government to explain its policy on the proposed court, and to answer the concerns of the proposed courts’ many critics.

Written evidence

The evidence can be viewed on our publication page.

Call for evidence:

Interested groups or individuals are encouraged to submit written evidence to the inquiry. (NB. The deadline for evidence submission was 7 Feburary 2012.)

View guidance on submitting written evidence.

How to format submissions:

Each submission should use:

• numbered paragraphs, and

• MS Word format with as little use of colour/ logos as possible.

Submitting evidence:

Submissions should be sent as an e-mail attachment to and titled ‘Draft Agreement for a Unified Patent and Draft Statute'. Paper copies may be sent to European Scrutiny Committee, Room 270, 7 Millbank House of Commons, London, SW1P 3JA

Media enquiries:

Members of the press with enquiries should contact Alex Paterson, Select Committee Media Officer, on 020 7219 1589, or by email to


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