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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers

Intellectual Property

Mediation is particularly effective in the resolution of IP disputes because of the greater range of solutions available than if before a court, the ability to deal with common issues across several jurisdictions, as well as the low cost and rapidity of a solution. Our mediators are regularly resolving disputes in the following fields:

Trade Marks and Passing off:

  • infringement / validity
  • revocation / opposition proceedings
  • switch-selling
  • royalty / account of profits / damages
  • co-existence agreements

Copyright:

  • software code
  • music / literary works
  • joint ownership
  • moral rights

Design right:

  • registered / unregistered
  • UK / Community
  • similarity / commonplace designs
  • methods / principles of construction
  • licences of right

Patents:

  • validity / infringement
  • employee inventions

Breach of confidence:

  • NDAs
  • fiduciary obligations
  • deletion / verification exercises

Database rights:

  • infringement
  • amalgamation / mixing of data

Competition:

  • parallel imports
  • exhaustion of rights
  • distribution networks

Domain names:

  • first instance / appeals
  • protest sites