*Abbott and another v Design & Display Ltd and another

Costs – Order for costs. The claimants brought a single claim alleging that the defendant companies had infringed their patent. The court in earlier proceedings found in favour of the claimants. The claimants contended that they were entitled to a sum in excess of the sum capped for proceedings in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court and contended that CPR 63.17A had to be taken to mean that the cap of £500,000 applied separately to each defendant. The court held that the cap of £500,000 was absolute, unless the parties agreed otherwise and the court had no discretion to lift it. Accordingly, the cap applied to the claim against both defendants.

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