Over the past few years that has been a dramatic increase in cases involving disputes over intellectual property in the U.S. including state of California. In fact, almost twenty percent of all intellectual property cases are filed in California. While some of these cases actually go to trial, the vast majority are resolved before trial, many through alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation.
The complexity of the issues, the risks at each stage of the legal process are significant and the time required to move through the legal process commend use of alternative dispute resolution. Consequently, trial attorneys are finding their role in handling intellectual property disputes in CA becoming increasingly a process of balance these factors while managing client expectations.