Want to lodge a statement of claim with the UPC? Try its case management system prototype…

Written by Louise AMAR 8 October 2014

The UPC has revealed the prototype of its case management system. It is based on the UPC draft rules of Procedure 13-28, allowing testers to file an infringement claim. Feedback from testers will be used over October and November 2014 to help the UPC to continue configuration of its case management system and evaluate its procurement process.

The purpose of the prototype is to test the viability of a cloud-based, configured system for the UPC, where data is stored by a supplier and can be accessed securely from any location.

This trial comes after workshops organized by the UPC with patent lawyers throughout Europe which highlighted three recurrent issues:

Roles-Based Access – There are strict legal requirements for protecting access to certain patent information and Lawyers want to be able to control access.
Usability – Several Lawyers demonstrated current eFiling systems across Europe and highlighted usability issues; we want to use what is good from other systems and we don’t want to make the same mistakes.
Ease Document Management – Identifying documents and searching content were key to users’ working patterns; being able to quickly identify the type of document and current status.” (http://prototype.unified-patent-court.org/selfservice/web/index.html)

The prototype e-Filing/case management can be accessed here.

By registering to the website you will be able to lodge a fictitious statement of claim divided into the following twenty-four sections:

  1. Claimant Representative
  2. Claimant details
  3. Claimant Contact Details
  4. Individual Claimant Address Details
  5. Company Claimant Registered Office Details
  6. Company Claimant Contact Address Details
  7. Please enter your Patent Number
  8. Is the Claimant the proprietor of the Patent
  9. Are there any additional proprietors?
  10. Patent Proprietor
  11. Does your claim involve more than one patent?
  12. Does the claimant have the proprietors permission to submit this claim
  13. Please upload a document detailing permission(s) to proceed with this claim
  14. Add further Patents
  15. Pending proceedings
  16. Details of Claim
  17. Defendant
  18. Defendant Contact Details
  19. Individual Defendant Address Details
  20. Company Defendant Registered Address Details
  21. Do you know who is representing the Defendant?
  22. Case hearing
  23. Submit
  24. Payment

The prototype offers of course the opportunity to give feedback by clicking on the “Send Feedback” tab at the bottom of your statement of claim screen.

The UPC is planning a full, open procurement process, with publication of the procurement notice in the Official Journal of the European Union in November 2014 and contract award in summer 2015.


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