The new ‘small claims’ track at the Patents County Court (see earlier report here) was officially launched on 1st October 2012.

The new track will deal specifically with lower value (capped at £5,000), less complex claims in copyright, trade mark and unregistered design right disputes. Claims will be determined through an informal hearing, thus significantly reducing the cost of pursuing IP infringement.

A user guide for the new small claims track can be found here.