Category Archives: Dispute Resolution

How to bring a Small Claim in the Patents County Court

Until recently most intellectual property claims were brought at great expense and ended inconclusively in the Chancery Division. There was the Patents County Court in London but that was almost as expensive as the High Court and for a long … Continue reading

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Litigation Funding for IP Claims

Until 2000 a large number of freelance artists, authors, designers, inventors and self-employed individuals relied on legal aid to protect their artwork, inventions and other intellectual assets but that source of funding was cut off by paragraph 1 (g) of … Continue reading

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Patents County Court FAQ

These are the questions that I am often asked by solicitors – particularly those who do not specialize in intellectual property – about proceedings in the Patents County Court What is the Patents County Court? Officially the Patents County Court … Continue reading

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Pre-Action Correspondence

On 16 Jan 1997, the US law firm, Sughrue, Mion, Zinn, Macpeak & Seas, sent the following letter to Prince Plc in England: “re: Domain Name PRINCE.COM Trademark Infringement and Dilution [...] Dear Sirs: We represent Prince Sports Group, Inc., … Continue reading

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NIPC Arbitration’s “Safe Harbor” Dispute Resolution Service

If a living individual (“data subject”) suffers damage or distress by reason of a contravention in the United Kingdom of any of the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998, he or she can bring proceedings in the civil courts … Continue reading

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No Win No Fee

From time to time I am asked whether I will take a case on a CFA (conditional fee agreement). A CFA is defined by s.58 (2) (a) of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 as “an agreement with a … Continue reading

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Confidentiality Agreements are not enough

“Oh it’s alright. I don’t need a patent because he signed a confidentiality agreement.” If I could have a pound or even a penny for every time I have heard that remark I would be a very rich woman. Confidentiality … Continue reading

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