'E-Justice in Specific Cases', a service provided by BundOnline, went online in 2003 at the Federal Patent Court. It enables legal dealings with external users to be carried out online via an electronic mail admintrating centre (Link). In accordance with the legal framework, submissions can be made electronically in all patent, trade mark, design and utility model proceedings.
The Federal Patent Court has been gradually expanding its e-justice service since 2006 by:
developing and introducing a standardised IT-based processing system for the Electronic Court and Administrative File (EGuVA), which comprises an e-register, an e-file and e-processing.
integrating and developing the electronic court mailbox plus pigeon-holes across the whole system and by developing a means of inspecting the files electronically.
expanding the information and communication platform by incorporating internet technology both as a user and as a provider of information.
Since 2009 the Presidium of the Court and all divisions of the Court have been working with e-files for specified file numbers. Paper files are here a thing of the past.
Two of the technical boards of appeal have been working with e-files since early 2008 in order to gain experience and to enable further improvements to be made. The legal conditions are currently being put in place to enable e-files to function as the lead file. More boards are gradually being brought online. When this process has been completed the conditions will be in place for external users to communicate electronically with the Federal Patent Court, from making e-submissions to the electronic inspection of the files.
The contact person for questions about e-justice is the head of department 4, presiding judge Dr. Norbert Mayer.