Intellectual property concerns property used in business / commerce, such as brands, names, symbols, designs, patterns, inventions, literary and artistic works. In the same way that individuals have property rights in tangible property i.e. a car, house and intellectual property rights exist in the same way and are personal rights. Intellectual property disputes can be enormous and devour the money, time and manpower of organisations.
Most hi-tech and intellectual property matters are extremely expensive to litigate and they often are settled via business agreements. Much of the cost of discovery, trial preparation, exhibits, expert witnesses, and executive time can be saved by using mediation.
A mediator can help the parties craft a variety of business arrangements and lay the groundwork for future business. A mediated agreement may extend well beyond the subject matter of the pending lawsuit and accommodate larger business interests. This cannot be done through the court system.
Many products and technologies become dated very quickly. Litigation can and often does, last years, by which time the object of the initial dispute may have little or no value to the parties. Mediation can resolve the dispute quickly, while the product is commercially viable.
With an in-depth knowledge and key understanding of this sector we can assist clients achieve quick, cost effective and pragmatic solutions in relation to all types of disputes concerning intellectual property / IT disputes.