Unified Patent Court
A single patent court for Member States of the European Union
For proprietors of European patents or Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC) or applicants for European patents and their representatives, there exists the possibility to lodge multiple and automatic Opt-outs in one step.
For this, an Application Programming Interface (API) is available to communicate directly and, in a secure way, with the UPC Case Management System (CMS).
By design, one API call (communication of data through the API) can be used to opt out one patent with one application or if desired multiple calls can be used to opt out multiple patents each with its own application.
This approach will assist the applicant of an Opt-out to provide the following in accordance with the Rules of procedure and the CMS:
the correct set of documents with the required information (proprietors, holders, etc.),
the correct identification of the person lodging all applications the subject of the API.
Furthermore, it will allow to use the API for all Opt-out applications, and to correct or withdraw an Opt-out.
To lodge multiple Opt-outs, a software tool must be developed to allow sequential calls for each relevant patent, application or SPC and to queue them via the API. Moreover, external parties should develop a tool that allows to communicate with the CMS, check the correctness of the information sent and process the response returned by the API ("caseNumber":"232/2021", "officialCaseNumber": "UPC_APP_232/2021" or the error description if applicable).
Additional information on opt-out APIs is available in the APIs opt-out instructions v2.2.pdf (see Attachments section).
The revised version of API for lodging Opt-out applications is described in the a2a_swagger_v7.json file (see Attachments section).
Additional information on public APIs is available in the Public APIs instructions v2.2.pdf (see Attachments section).
The API to access public data from UPC register has been updated to upc_public_api_swagger_v3.json file (see Attachments section).
This version will remain in test mode until further notice, after which the CMS shall transition to the production environment. External parties can performed testing activities from now.