To boldly reform IP dispute resolution: Experience in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

Between 2010 and 2013 a series of reforms took place in the Patents County Court in London which led to the foundation of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. The reforms were a radical attempt to improve access to justice in intellectual property cases. A particular focus was on disputes involving smaller and medium sized enterprises.

Sir Colin Birss was appointed as a judge in 2010 to take charge of the court and implement the reforms. Today the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court is a success. In his lecture The Hon. Mr Justice Birss will share his experiences of the court - addressing the nature of the reforms, how they worked in practice and what lessons can be learned from them.

This is the 7th Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property (Melbourne Event), presented in conjunction with The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia.