UPC: Start of the Sunrise Period is postponed for two months

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) announced today that the start of the Sunrise Period is postponed to March 1, 2023 instead of the previously scheduled date of January 1, 2023.

Germany will also be asked to deposit its ratification of the UPC Agreement in February 2023 rather than December 2022 as planned. As a result, the UPC is expected to start on June 1, 2023.  

This will give patent owners ample time to develop an opt-out strategy for all patents and patent applications.

The reason given for the delay is that additional time is needed to prepare all users for the strong authentication requirements to access the court's case management system (CMS).

Please visit the UPC website for more information.