PRESS RELEASE International training for judges in Budapest


The judges and administrative staff of the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) will be trained in Budapest. This year, the training and further training courses will run from January to March, starting today. The event, attended by nearly 100 professionals, aims to familiarise participants with the UPC's Rules of Procedure and the use of the case management system.

The Unified Patent Court (UPC), composed of judges from the Member States of the European Union, is the cornerstone of the unitary patent system in Europe. The new system aims to make it faster, cheaper and simpler to obtain protection in Europe in the future. The unitary patent system is expected to make it easier not only to obtain rights but also to enforce them.

Hungary signed the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court on 19 February 2013, designating Budapest as the seat of the UPC Training Centre (the first two training sessions with physical presence took place in Hungary in 2015 and 2016). However, our country has not yet ratified the Agreement, but regardless of this, the Training Centre will continue to be located in the Hungarian capital.

The judges of the UPC were appointed on 19 October 2022, when a total of 85 experts were appointed and may participate in the third training course in Budapest, which will take place between January and March 2023. The event is coordinated by the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO).

At the opening of the series of training sessions, Péter Lábody, Vice-President of HIPO for Legal Affairs, and Klaus Grabinski, President of the Court of Appeal of the UPC, welcomed the participants.


For further information please contact:

Georgina Gyulasi
Chief Press Officer
Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
E-mail: georgina [961] gyulasi [169] hipo [961] gov [961] hu
Phone: +36 30 298 4646

18 January 2023