If you believe that someone has copied or is producing something that you hold the intellectual property rights for, including patents, registered designs, trademarks or copyright, then this is intellectual property infringement, and you have the legal right to take action to stop them and seek compensation.
As a first step, you should always seek professional advice from an IP lawyer or solicitor. There are a number of options available including mediation, litigation or settlement out of court.
Most types of IP disputes are appropriate for mediation and it is cheaper and quicker than litigation and the outcome is usually beneficial to all parties.
Mediation can help parties to maintain or even create business relationships by licensing or commercial agreements.
For claims below five hundred thousand pounds, you can go to the IP Enterprise Court. This is a court with a specialist judge and deals only with IP cases. You can ask this court to resolve a dispute relating to any IP rights.
Most people agree that the need to take legal action is best avoided. In many cases, it is best to negotiate a solution before taking legal action in the courts which can be costly and time-consuming.
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