Back in November of last year, the UK government announced its plan to launch a small-claims service in the Patents County Court (PCC) this coming October. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is now seeking suggestions as to how the new service should work. Also, it is reopening the now boring discussion as to whether the PCC should be renamed the Intellectual Property County Court in order to better reflect the range of IP cases it considers.
One of the key questions the IPO is asking is whether the new service should work in largely the same way as the general small-claims track for non-IP disputes iand whether the proposed £5,000 limit on damages would be beneficial. It also wants to know which specific types of IP disputes might best be suited to the new service and whether it should provide for interim injunctions.
If you want to make submissions, the closing date is 16 February 2012. Click here and here for further particulars.
PatLit wonders whether other jurisdictions have small claims procedures for their IP disputes. It would be good to learn of any successful experiences in this field.