Summary Over the last few years the Patents County Court has fallen from favour amongst IP practitioners. However, the case of Ciba Vision UK Limited and another -v- Coopervision Limited suggests that this may be about to change. Background Ciba Vision UK Limited brought patent infringement proceedings in the Patents County Court against the defendant, Coopervision Limited. The patents related to contact lenses. The defendant applied to transfer the action to the High Court. Neuberger J refused to order the transfer from the Patents County Court to the Patents Court. On the facts of the particular case he decided that the case was suitable to be heard in the Patents County Court. Following CPR 33.3(2), factors that the Judge took into account in deciding whether it was appropriate to transfer the action from the Patents County Court to the High Court included:- The financial value of the claim; Whether it was convenient or fair for the matter to be dealt with in a particular court; The availability of specialist judges; The complexity of the matters in issue; The significance of the outcome. In making his decision, the Judge recognised that both parties were substantial companies and that the claim was of significant value. However, these factors did not preclude the Patents County Court from hearing the action. The fact that expert evidence would be required or that the trial might last three or four days were also not factors preventing the case from proceeding in the Patents...
The Patents County Court is Back in Fashion
|Author:||Mr Eamon Connolly|
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