Monday, 14 July 2014

After Woolf comes Fox: a new book on patent litigation

I've just received the following information concerning a new title from publishers Sweet & Maxwell which is of obvious relevance to patent litigation in England and Wales. The author is Angela Fox, whose many qualifications and virtues are listed on her Jenkins web page here.  The book's subject matter is the functioning of an exciting experiment in civil litigation, very much in the spirit of the Woolf Reforms (here and here) of civil procedure rules.

According to the publishers:
"Intellectual Property Enterprise Court: Practice and Procedure is a unique standalone guide to practice and procedure before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, formerly the Patents County Court.

It provides a reference for all litigators and practitioners seeking to make the best use of the court’s unique streamlined procedures for the cost-effective resolution of intellectual property disputes involving UK or Community IP rights.

  • Discusses essential topics including pre-action matters, starting proceedings, case management, applications, evidence, experiments and disclosure, trial, appeals, costs and small claims 

  • Covers the jurisdiction of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the types of proceedings it undertakes and representation before the court, offering practical guidance on navigating the system effectively 

  • Looks at the specialist rules of procedure introduced in 2010 and since that have broadened the Court’s appeal as a forum for resolving IP disputes in a streamlined and cost-effective way 

  • Also considers other dispute resolution mechanisms relevant to claims that may be brought before the IPEC, including domain names and company names, as well as ADR Includes example statements of case for a range of IP subject matter 

  • Draws on a range of sources to present a complete picture, including extracts from relevant source materials, court guides and the Civil Procedure Rules".
More information about this timely book can be obtained from its website here. It costs £165, so I'll wait till I can get hold of a review copy rather than rushing out to buy it myself. Meanwhile, if anyone has any perspectives or insights into it, can they please share them with us.

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