In this article associate Tim Harris examines the Patents County Court and proposals for a unified patents court.

The Patents Court in London has long had an international reputation as a rigorous specialist forum for parties to sett le all types of IP disputes. This article reviews two recent notable but quite separate developments: it looks first at the UK’s Patents County Court, which was re-launched just over a year ago, and then considers the current proposals for a Unified Patent Court in Europe.

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This article was first published in the November/December 2011 edition of The Commercial Litigation Journal and is also available here for subscribers.