Which languages will be used in Unitary Patent litigation?

In the Local and Regional Divisions (see Figure 4), the language of the proceedings will be the language (or one of the languages) of that Local or Regional Division. The parties can agree, with consent of the court, to change the language. Alternatively, the president of the Court may determine that it is appropriate to use the language in which the patent was granted (which in most cases is English). Many Local and Regional Divisions propose to allow English to be used as the language of the proceedings, even if English is not an official language of the country in which the division is based, in recognition of the fact that English is the language that litigants, particularly international litigants, will frequently prefer to use.

In the Central Division, the language of the proceedings will be the language in which the patent was granted. In most cases this will therefore mean English, regardless of whether the case is being heard in the UK, France or Germany.

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