Unified Patent Court : Adjustment of the timeline

Date : 5/12/2022 – Source : Unified Patent Court – Lien

Adjustment of the timeline – Start of the Sunrise Period on 1 March 2023

The start of the Sunrise Period is postponed for two months. The initial roadmap foresaw 1 January 2023 as the beginning of the Sunrise Period with an entry into force of the UPCA on 1 April 2023. The additional time is intended to allow future users to prepare themselves for the strong authentication which will be required to access the Case Management System (CMS) and to sign documents.

Users will need to equip themselves with both, a client authentication (hard device) and a qualified electronic signature. …

As strong authentication is required already for the Sunrise Period the initial timeline seems insufficient in view of the legitimate interests of users who have to find a provider and acquire the required authentication tools. As a consequence, the Sunrise Period will start on 1 March 2023 followed by the entry into force of the UPCA on 1 June 2023. …

As all other preparatory work is on track and in line with the published roadmap, no further delay of the start of the UPC beyond 1 June 2023 is expected. …

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