Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Patents County Court: poll results

PatLit asked you to consider, "If no-one wants to be the next Patents County Court Judge, what should we do?" The votes have been counted and the results are in.

A clear majority, over 40%, considered that the current Patents Court Judges should take it in turns to hear patent cases in the Patents County Court ("PCC"). The remainder favoured the following options: persuading bored, retired, patent litigators to come out of retirement and take on the role of PCC Judge (18%); allowing non-IP specialist judges to hear patent cases in the PCC (12%); or outsourcing the cases to a low-cost jurisdiction (somewhat surprisingly, also 12%).

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