The Patents County Court is more than just a court for patent disputes. The name of the court doesn’t tell the whole story.
The Patents County Court (PCC) is more than just a court for patent disputes. The name of the court doesn’t tell the whole story.
Its role has evolved from the time of its creation in the early 1990s to embrace dispute resolution for all intellectual property causes of action. For small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), it can be the first choice to resolve intellectual property disputes of all types. But concern has developed in respect to the escalating costs involved, even at the PCC.
The publication of the Jackson Report has helped to create a much more cost-conscious environment within English and Welsh Courts. Further reforms have recently been implemented to make the PCC a more attractive forum for SMEs to seek resolution of relevant disputes.