UPC scenarios: optimists look to summer 2022
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The court’s new start date will help with testing critical IT systems but more will be needed to satisfy worried users, find Muireann Bolger and Sarah Speight.
Few people relish or even like a looming deadline, but when it comes to getting ready for the launch of the long-awaited Unified Patent Court (UPC), lawyers can be forgiven for being more apprehensive than most.
The pressure has mainly arisen from growing concerns over accessing the UPC’s case management system and the potential difficulty in finding a supplier who can facilitate the requirements for the authentication process.
In response to these concerns, the opening of the much-anticipated UPC will be delayed by two months.
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