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Patent Litigation - Arbitration and Other ADR

Sidestepping costly choices to find better answers

Finnegan has one of the strongest reputations for litigating IP disputes through trial and appeal. But when circumstances merit its use, we favor alternative dispute resolution (ADR). We often develop a litigation strategy designed to meet goals through ADR instead of trial.

Our ADR capabilities run the gamut from resolution of domestic infringement cases to settlement of multinational infringement disputes, resulting in agreements that set standards to be used as the basis for future patent challenges. Over the past decade, we have participated in a number of important national and international ADR proceedings with the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the American Arbitration Association.

We have national and international experience in a variety of ADR procedures, including mediations before U.S. magistrate judges, under pilot programs of various U.S. district courts, before neutral experts, through various ADR organizations, and in open negotiations between principals and their lawyers. Our attorneys often act as neutral lawyers and have served as special masters and court-appointed advisors for patent cases in U.S. district courts across the country.