Start of the Unified Patent Court postponed again

Only weeks before the intended start of the Sunrise Period on 1 January 2023 the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has announced that the start of the Sunrise Period for the new UPC is postponed by two months to 1 March 2023, i.e. the Court itself will start its work on 1 June 2023.

As indicated by Klaus Grabinski, the President of the UPC, and Johannes Karcher, the Acting Chairman of the Administrative of the UPC, the additional time is intended to allow further users to prepare themselves for the strong authentication, which will be required to access the case management system (CMS) and to sign documents.

All other preparatory work is said to be on track and in line with the initially published roadmap and it is said that no further delay of the start of the UPC beyond 1 June 2023 is required:


It is certainly welcomed that the UPC’s preparatory team is in the end aware of the difficulties, which proprietors or applicants of European patents/applications encounter in the strong authentication process of the UPC’s CMS.

However, by this only short postponement we regard it as important for any proprietors or applicants to move forward with the preparation for the UPC.

For more detailed information or any questions regarding the UPC, please do not hesitate to contact us.