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On 23 February, international law firm Pinsent Masons presented a mock Unified Patent Court (UPC) hearing at its London office. The mock hearing was based on a true-to-life scenario and sought to test how the UPC will deal with applications for preliminary injunctions. The UPC is expected to open its doors in early 2017 and one of the biggest challenges it will face is how to reconcile the differences that exist between the national laws and procedures of participating member states. This is no less true for interim injunction applications. The mock UPC hearing was purposely played out with a multinational panel of judges and advocates and raised a pertinent question: to what extent will forum shopping play a role in the litigation strategies of patentees in the UPC?

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13 May 2021