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New Patents County Court Rules

NewFrom 1 Oct 2012 there will be a new small claims track in the Patents County Court, a reform recommended by Hargreaves, Jackson and Gowers. I have written written about the rules governing actions in this new jurisdiction in Patents County Court - the New Small Claims Track Rules 20 Sept 2012.


Possible Correlation between the Cost of Enforcement and the Number of British Patent Applications In November 2003 the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee published the report The Enforcement of Patent Rights. On page 50 of the report the Committee compared the cost of patent infringement litigation in the UK, USA, France, Germany and the Netherlands. It found that the costs in Patents Court were around £1 million. Even in the Patents County Court (“PCC”) they were between £150,000 and £250,000. By contrast, the costs in France were between €30,000 and €50,000, those in Germany between €25,000 and €50,000 depending on scale, and those in the Netherlands €10,000 to €20,000 for summary proc…