Unified Patent Court
A single patent court for Member States of the European Union
Please note that the option to register as a representative before the UPC is not yet available and any link to the Court’s Case Management System (CMS) on this page will lead you to the CMS as a test site(*). The possibility to register as a representative will be available as of the start of the sunrise period which will be triggered once Germany has deposited its ratification instrument for the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA).
According to Article 48 (1) of the UPCA, parties can be represented before the UPC by lawyers authorised to practise before a court of a Contracting Member State. They can register as representatives directly in the Case Management System (CMS).
According to Article 48 (2) of the UPCA, parties may alternatively be represented by European Patent Attorneys who are entitled to act as professional representatives before the European Patent Office and who have appropriate qualifications such as a European Patent Litigation Certificate (EPLC). During a transitional period of one year from the entry into force of the UPCA, several other certificates specified in the Rules on the European Patent Litigation Certificate and other appropriate qualifications will be deemed as appropriate qualifications.
European patent attorneys who wish to represent parties before the UPC can request via the CMS to be registered on the list of entitled representatives either by lodging their EPLC or a request for recognition of other appropriate qualifications (law diploma or recognition of national course during the transitional period).
You can find more information on the EPLC and other appropriate qualifications, as well as on the registration as representative in the Rules on the EPLC as adopted by the Administrative Committee.
All registered representatives entitled to represent parties before the UPC will be added to the list of representatives (visit the CMS).
*Please note that the CMS is currently a test site which allows you to test the registration as a representative with dummy data. When the sunrise period is imminent, all registrations on the CMS as a test site will be deleted. This means you must then register again for the registration to become effective.