You can use the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) if you are involved in a dispute about intellectual property covering copyright, patents, registered designs and registered trade marks.

The IPEC provides a cost effective arena for intellectual property claims, as an alternative to the High Court.  Savings should be obtained by active case management and a focus on streamlining the procedure of claims.  There is a fixed-cost recovery regime, which limits the exposure of litigants in the IPEC to adverse costs awards.  Small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were previously wary of pursuing litigation in the High Court due to the time and expense involved.

For claims under £500,000 in value the IPEC remains the Court of choice for all businesses, in particular SMEs and private individuals, due to the relatively quick, informal and structured cost-effective procedure it offers.