UPC makes long-awaited legal teams fix to CMS
Multiple representatives and their teams can now work on cases using the online CMS, but not everyone can submit documents
The Unified Patent Court unveiled a new online function today, November 28, that will allow more representatives and their legal teams to work on cases.
The long-awaited tweak will come as a relief to users of the case management system (CMS) who had complained that only one representative could work on a case online.
Legal teams, including secretaries, experts, translators, as well as other lawyers and attorneys, will now be able to complete tasks associated with a case.
All team members will need user accounts backed up by strong authentication, which can be obtained from EU-approved providers.
Qualified representatives will still be the only ones able to lodge documents.
A user manual published today advises that teams include more than one representative.
According to the manual, a future patch to the CMS will allow teams to choose which representatives should receive notifications and indicate which representatives’ names should appear on documents created by the CMS.
A leading patent lawyer previously told Managing IP that the lack of a legal teams function was a “liability risk” for firms due to the burden on partners.
“I’m handling six UPC cases effectively as a solo practitioner because I’m the only one on my team who has access to the case file on the CMS,” Tilman Müller-Stoy, partner at Bardehle Pagenberg in Munich, said in September.
“If a brief comes in with 50 exhibits, I have to download and distribute all of them. If I miss something, then it’s missed.
“At the moment, these tasks are costing far too much time and money,” Müller-Stoy added.
Commenting to Managing IP today after the fix had been announced, Müller-Stoy said it "feels like Christmas has come early".