Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Miriam R. Arfin


There are numerous reasons for avoiding traditional litigation in intellectual property disputes. Given the often complex nature of intellectual property cases, litigation may not always offer the best method of resolution. By contrast, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes can offer distinct advantages over litigation. Consequently, ADR should play a greater role in these intellectual property disputes. This Article illustrates the advantages of ADR in intellectual property disputes through a case study, and explores various options within the ADR process. The Article focuses on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and provides a method for choosing, and preparing for, ADR.