Alternative Dispute Resolution For Copyright And Trademark Matters

Law360, New York (June 12, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Litigation has historically been the default dispute resolution mechanism for trademark and copyright matters and it is an inexact mechanism, where a judge whose calendar doesn't typically include this intensely specialized area of law must make a judgment call that can determine the fate of an entire company.

As a result, the trend in most practice areas in recent years has been towards using alternative dispute resolution (ADR), more specifically mediation and arbitration.

In intellectual property disputes, the ability to customize rules on discovery, ensure privacy,...
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