UNITED KINGDOM INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENTERPRISE COURT
The Patents County Court (PCC) was set up in 1990, in order to provide a less costly and less complex alternative to the High Court, Patents Court. The Patents County Court was intended for smaller and less complex claims.
On 1st October 2013 the Patents County Court was reconstituted as a specialist list in the Chancery Division of the High Court to form the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC). The reference to ‘intellectual property’ in the name of the court is intended to recognise its broad intellectual property jurisdiction. The IPEC is a specialist court, part of the Business and Property Court of the High Court of Justice.
The IPEC handles cases relating to intellectual property disputes including registered designs, patents, registered trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property rights. It is designed to provide access to justice for small and medium sized enterprises and individuals involved in intellectual property disputes.