Article 36

Budget of the Court

Agreement On A Unified Patent Court

Part 2 – Financial Provisions

Article 36 – Budget of the Court
  1. The budget of the Court shall be financed by the Court’s own financial revenues and, at least in the transitional period referred to in Article 83 as necessary, by contributions from the Contracting Member States. The budget shall be balanced.
  2. The Court’s own financial revenues shall comprise court fees and other revenues.
  3. Court fees shall be fixed by the Administrative Committee. They shall consist of a fixed fee, combined with a value-based fee above a pre-defined ceiling. The Court fees shall be fixed at such a level as to ensure a right balance between the principle of fair access to justice, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises, micro-entities, natural persons, non-profit organisations, universities and public research organisations and an adequate contribution of the parties for the costs incurred by the Court, recognising the economic benefits to the parties involved, and the objective of a self-financing Court with balanced finances. The level of the Court fees shall be reviewed periodically by the Administrative Committee. Targeted support measures for small and medium-sized enterprises and micro entities may be considered.
  4. If the Court is unable to balance its budget out of its own resources, the Contracting Member States shall remit to it special financial contributions.

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