A good rule in life is to deal with the important things first, so well done to the folks at the European Patent Litigators Association for its latest musings on the Unified Patent Court.

Readers will recall that the fate of the proposed pan-European institution hangs in the balance pending developments in two of its key member states. Germany’s Constitutional Court has yet to rule on whether the country’s participation is legal. As for the UK, there is the small matter of Brexit (although the court is not an EU institution, membership is open only to EU members). 

Undaunted, the patent litigators are pressing on with the big question: what they will wear in proceedings at the new court. The association notes that in some countries – ‘eg France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK’ – robes are worn in court while in others they are not. It is consulting members on their preferences.