Intellectual Property and the Judiciary
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Intellectual Property and the Judiciary

Edited by Christophe Geiger, Craig A. Nard and Xavier Seuba

Intellectual Property and the Judiciary explores the role of the judiciary in the elaboration and interpretation of intellectual property law, exploring how IP doctrine and policy are developed and the manner in which judges construct and apply norms in different court systems. The authors engage in a comparative exploration of various national, European and international judiciaries and appraise the competing and complementary roles of governing bodies. The book offers an examination of both common law and civil law traditions in the context of judicial treatment of intellectual property.
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Chapter 9: Scientific complexity and patent adjudication: the technical judges of the Unified Patent Court

Xavier Seuba


This chapter analyses the advantages and challenges of having technical judges in patent litigation. The inclusion of technical judges is intended to enhance quality in patent adjudication and raises institutional and systemic questions. Technical judges of the Unified Patent Court will have equal legal standing to legal judges and will be involved in the adjudication process from beginning to end. Therefore, in addition to developing an excellent knowledge of the rules of procedure, they must acquire a sound understanding of fair trial principles and the interface between patent law and the broader legal order.

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