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Small creative firms to seek IP protection from new Government claims service


By The Drum Team, Editorial

November 17, 2011 | 1 min read

Creative companies have been urged to fight to protect their intellectual property rights as the Government introduces a service for small claims.

The Government will introduce the small claims service at the Patent County Court, with the aim of offering small creative firms the ability to protect their copyright, trademarks and designs.

The new service will limit fixed costs and damage of up to £5,000 for each case, however.

Bill Lister, IP partner at law firm Pannone, commented: “The new service will make it a level playing field and enable smaller firms to stand up and protect their rights.

“The small claims service will allow damages of up to £5,000 to be awarded and provide fixed costs which will enable rights owners to establish the risk of bringing a claim.

“This is excellent news for the sector and I would urge all of those who believe their rights are being infringed to utilise the service and stand up to the bigger players.”

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