What the Patents Court does

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We handle cases relating to intellectual property disputes about:

  • patents
  • registered designs
  • plant varieties

If the amount sought (damages) is under £500,000 then the case can also be heard by the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

If the amount sought is over £500,000 then we will normally handle the case unless all the parties to the case have agreed that the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court may hear it or we have transferred the case at the request of one of the parties.

Who we are

We are part of the Business and Property Court of the High Court of Justice.

We are based at the Rolls Building in London but can sit at other locations where appropriate. Cases are heard by one of 10 High Court judges or by suitably qualified Deputy High Court judges.

Court information

Contact the Patents Court

General enquiries

Pauline Drewett
(Clerk to the judge in charge of the Patents Court)
Patents Court
7 Rolls Building
Fetter Lane
United Kingdom


020 7947 7379

Secretary of the users committee

Rowan Freeland
Simmons & Simmons LLP
One Ropemaker Street
United Kingdom


020 7628 2020


020 7628 2070