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287 Patents county courts: special jurisdiction.E+W

(1)The Lord Chancellor may [F1, with the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice,] by order made by statutory instrument designate any county court as a patents county court and confer on it jurisdiction (its “special jurisdiction”) to hear and determine such descriptions of proceedings—

(a)relating to patents or designs, or

(b)ancillary to, or arising out of the same subject matter as, proceedings relating to patents or designs,

as may be specified in the order.

(2)The special jurisdiction of a patents county court is exercisable throughout England and Wales, but rules of court may provide for a matter pending in one such court to be heard and determined in another or partly in that and partly in another.

(3)A patents county court may entertain proceedings within its special jurisdiction notwithstanding that no pecuniary remedy is sought.

(4)An order under this section providing for the discontinuance of any of the special jurisdiction of a patents county court may make provision as to proceedings pending in the court when the order comes into operation.

(5)Nothing in this section shall be construed as affecting the ordinary jurisdiction of a county court.

[F2(6)The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales may nominate a judicial office holder (as defined in section 109(4) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005) to exercise his functions under this section.]

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C1S. 287 applied (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1618, reg. 7(6)(a)

288 Financial limits in relation to proceedings within special jurisdiction of patents county court.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide for limits of amount or value in relation to any description of proceedings within the special jurisdiction of a patents county court.

(2)If a limit is imposed on the amount of a claim of any description and the plaintiff has a cause of action for more than that amount, he may abandon the excess; in which case a patents county court shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine the action, but the plaintiff may not recover more than that amount.

(3)Where the court has jurisdiction to hear and determine an action by virtue of subsection (2), the judgment of the court in the action is in full discharge of all demands in respect of the cause of action, and entry of the judgment shall be made accordingly.

(4)If the parties agree, by a memorandum signed by them or by their respective solicitors or other agents, that a patents county court shall have jurisdiction in any proceedings, that court shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine the proceedings notwithstanding any limit imposed under this section.

(5)No recommendation shall be made to Her Majesty to make an Order under this section unless a draft of the Order has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

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C2S. 288(4) amended (E.W.)(1.1.1992) by S.I. 1991/2684 arts. 2, 4 and Sch.1

289 Transfer of proceedings between High Court and patents county court.E+W

(1)No order shall be made under section 41 of the M1County Courts Act 1984 (power of High Court to order proceedings to be transferred from the county court) in respect of proceedings within the special jurisdiction of a patents county court.

(2)In considering in relation to proceedings within the special jurisdiction of a patents county court whether an order should be made under section 40 or 42 of the County Courts Act 1984 (transfer of proceedings from or to the High Court), the court shall have regard to the financial position of the parties and may order the transfer of the proceedings to a patents county court or, as the case may be, refrain from ordering their transfer to the High Court notwithstanding that the proceedings are likely to raise an important question of fact or law.

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[F3290 Limitation of costs where pecuniary claim could have been brought in patents county court.E+W

(1)Where an action is commenced in the High Court which could have been commenced in a patents county court and in which a claim for a pecuniary remedy is made, then, subject to the provisions of this section, if the plaintiff recovers less than the prescribed amount, he is not entitled to recover any more costs than those to which he would have been entitled if the action had been brought in the county court.

(2)For this purpose a plaintiff shall be treated as recovering the full amount recoverable in respect of his claim without regard to any deduction made in respect of matters not falling to be taken into account in determining whether the action could have been commenced in a patents county court.

(3)This section does not affect any question as to costs if it appears to the High Court that there was reasonable ground for supposing the amount recoverable in respect of the plaintiff’s claim to be in excess of the prescribed amount.

(4)The High Court, if satisfied that there was sufficient reason for bringing the action in the High Court, may make an order allowing the costs or any part of the costs on the High Court scale or on such one of the county court scales as it may direct.

(5)This section does not apply to proceedings brought by the Crown.

(6)In this section “the prescribed amount” means such amount as may be prescribed by Her Majesty for the purposes of this section by Order in Council.

(7)No recommendation shall be made to Her Majesty to make an Order under this section unless a draft of the Order has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.]

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291 Proceedings in patents county court.E+W

(1)Where a county court is designated a patents county court, the [F4Lord Chief Justice shall, after consulting the Lord Chancellor,] nominate a person entitled to sit as a judge of that court as the patents judge.

(2)County court rules shall make provision for securing that, so far as is practicable and appropriate—

(a)proceedings within the special jurisdiction of a patents county court are dealt with by the patents judge, and

(b)the judge, rather than a registrar or other officer of the court, deals with interlocutory matters in the proceedings.

(3)County court rules shall make provision empowering a patents county court in proceedings within its special jurisdiction, on or without the application of any party—

(a)to appoint scientific advisers or assessors to assist the court, or

(b)to order the Patent Office to inquire into and report on any question of fact or opinion.

(4)Where the court exercises either of those powers on the application of a party, the remuneration or fees payable to the Patent Office shall be at such rate as may be determined in accordance with county court rules and shall be costs of the proceedings unless otherwise ordered by the judge.

(5)Where the court exercises either of those powers of its own motion, the remuneration or fees payable to the Patent Office shall be at such rate as may be determined by the Lord Chancellor with the approval of the Treasury and shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament.

[F5(6)The Lord Chief Justice may nominate a judicial office holder (as defined in section 109(4) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005) to exercise his functions under subsection (1).]

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292 Rights and duties of registered patent agents in relation to proceedings in patents county court.E+W

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