- What are the most effective ways for a European patent holder whose rights cover your jurisdiction to enforce its rights in your jurisdiction?
European patent holders can enforce their rights in two forums: the appropriate UK civil court and the Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), which is the official government body responsible for granting IP rights in the United Kingdom. The civil courts include:
- the specialist patent division of the High Court of England and Wales, which typically hears complex cases with potentially high damages awards; and
- the Patents County Court, which is intended to be a faster and lower-cost route to judgment for less complex cases.