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Germany has deposited its ratification

As the German Federal Ministry of Justice just announced by a corresponding press release, Germany has ratified the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court today (February 17, 2023). Consequently, and in accordance with latest news releases about another practier period for the CMS, the Sunrise Period for the UPC can, indeed, start as of March 1, 2023. Finally, the UPC will open its doors on June 1...

Start of new test phase for the UPC’s Case Management System

Start of new test phase for the UPC’s Case Management System As of today, for a period of two weeks, external users are able to test the UPC’s Case Management System with strong authentication. The UPC has published a new user guide with details on how to create and activate your CMS account with strong authentication. Importantly, you have to access the CMS through the hyperlinks provided in...

Further update on the CMS system announced

Further update on the CMS system announced As the UPC has announced today, further steps forward have been made concerning the Case Management System, just before the shortly upcoming 2nd Sunrise Practice Period. In a nutshell, an optimized API opt-out process has been implemented which will not only available at the start of the Sunrise Period itself beginning on March 1, 2023, but also for the...

New test phase for the UPC’s CMS

New test phase for the UPC’s Case Management System with strong authentication. From 13 to 24 February 2023, external users will be able to try out the sunrise functionalities of the UPC’s CMS, such as for example registering an opt-out for a European patent. During this period, the much discussed and anxiously anticipated strong authentication will be activated. This means that users will first...

EPO takes next major step towards the Unitary Patent – new forms publicly released

EPO takes next major step towards the Unitary Patent – new forms publicly released During the final pre-Christmas week, the European Patent Office (EPO) took the next major step in its preparation for the upcoming Unitary Patent. Despite the latest postponement concerning the Unified Patent Court (UPC) by two months until June 1, 2023, the EPO has recently announced (see OJ 2022, A99-A110) that...

UPC Start Date Postponed By 2 Months

The UPC Administrative Committee has decided to adjust the start date of the Sunrise Period. This will now begin 1 March 2023, with the UPC then opening its doors on 1 June 2023. This step has been taken to allow users more time to familiarise themselves with the authentication requirements for accessing the UPC Case Management System (CMS). The UPC announcement can be viewed here An updated list...

The wrangling over the conduct of oral proceedings at the European Patent Office has come to an end!

For a long time, it was discussed in legal circles whether oral proceedings should be held primarily in the physical presence of the party representatives, as in the pre-Corona period, or, as the Corona pandemic forced upon us, with virtual presence via video conference, as was customary during the pilot project set up by the EPO for this purpose. The pros and cons were obvious: in physical...

UPC publishes list of appointed judges

Yesterday, the Unified Patent Court has published the list of judges that have been appointed to take up duties as soon as the Court becomes operational, which is now expected to be on 1 April 2023. The list contains a total of 85 judges. There are 34 legally qualified judges, among whom 27 are appointed to the Court of First Instance (distributed over the central, local and regional divisions)...

EPLIT admitted as Observer before the Administrative Committee of the UPC

Last week, on July 8th 2022, the Administrative Committee (AC) of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) had its 2nd meeting in Luxembourg. We are pleased to report that the AC decided in favour of EPLIT becoming an observer of the UPC’s AC. During the meeting, EPLIT, in the form of our president Leythem Wall, was already able to provide comments on the latest draft of the Rules of Procedure (RoP) of the...

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