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Another round of changes to CPR provisions is on the horizon as they are coming into force on Tuesday 1 October 2013. These changes are set out in SI 2013/1974 The Civil Procedure (Amendment No 7) rules 2013.
The main impact will be felt by those involved in intellectual property cases with new provisions in Part 45 and Part 63 to address the fact that the Patents County Court has been abolished and a new specialist list in the Chancery Division created to be known as the ‘Intellectual Property Enterprise Court’; this follows the model of the London Mercantile Court. The jurisdiction of this court will not just deal with patent cases but all forms of intellectual property claims. For those involved in proceedings in the Patents County Court rule 30 in the SI sets out transitional and savings provisions
The other major change, but one which will perhaps rarely be used, is the replacement of the current Part 68 dealing with references to the European Court which is being replaced in its entirety. This change reflects recent changes to the EU Treaties, the new European Court Procedure Rules and updated guidance from the European Court to national courts entitled: 'Recommendations to national courts and tribunals in relation to the initiation of preliminary ruling proceedings courts and tribunals in relation to the initiation of preliminary ruling proceedings'.
Other changes coming into force are:
Will you be affected by the abolition of the Patents County Court and, if so, what is your view on having a new specialist list?
Provisional assessment was a new procedure implemented in April 2013 as part of the new costs reforms. Have you been involved in any provisional assessments? If so, what were your views on the process and did it save time and costs as were Jackson’s intentions? Please share your views with us below.
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