Not all of the different types of IP practitioner in the UK automatically have the right to appear in all types of UK court. When the UK’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) – previously a specialist wing of the County Courts (when it was called the Patents County Court) – was incorporated into the High Court, it appears this had the inadvertent effect of preventing some solicitors from appearing there. But the Law Society has stepped in, and is going to sort things out. News of this, and an overview of rights of audience in the English and Welsh courts, is below.
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