Draft Agreement for a Unified Patent Court and Draft Statute

Inquiry concluded; Report and Government Response published.

The European Scrutiny Committee was 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. It has now held an inquiry into the matter.

The Committee held two evidence sessions. The first explored the concerns of patent lawyers in the UK and Europe with the proposed court.  The second  asked 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 were 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