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new era for the Patents County Court

17 September 2010

It’s all change for the Patents County Court. A new judge (Colin Birss QC) coupled by new rules, including cost capping and more robust case management powers, should see an even greater shift in emphasis in the newly named IP County Court towards a low cost and speedy dispute resolution process. These changes should be welcomed by critics as they go to the very heart of how best to improve intellectual property dispute resolution in the UK. The intended purpose of the court was always to provide greater access to justice to SMEs – and it is hoped that these changes will not only herald a new era for the court itself but also foster a greater confidence amongst innovators and brand owners that conducting IP disputes in the UK can be cost and time effective.

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