New UPC CMS authentication scheme


An announcement on the website of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) reports that, in mid/end September, the UPC’s CMS login process will be based on a new, strong authentication scheme providing the highest level of security. An electronic IDentification certificate compliant with EU Regulation No. 910/2014 (eIDAS Regulation) will be required instead of the current account + password system, and a “qualified electronic signature” will be required to electronically sign legal UPC documents. Under the new system, both authentication and signature will require “qualified electronic certificates”, installed on a physical secure device (smart card or USB token) and any CMS user will require such a device, with one or both certificates, obtained from an authorised provider (listed here). There will be a specific enrolment procedure, and a test page in the CMS demo site.

Myles Jelf


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