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Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Law (5th edn)

Lionel Bently, Brad Sherman, Dev Gangjee, and Phillip Johnson
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date: 01 December 2023

p. 128348. Litigationlocked

p. 128348. Litigationlocked

  • L. Bently, L. BentlyHerchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property, University of Cambridge
  • B. Sherman, B. ShermanProfessor of Law, University of Queensland
  • D. GangjeeD. GangjeeAssociate Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Oxford
  •  and P. JohnsonP. JohnsonProfessor of Commercial Law, Cardiff University


This chapter introduces some of the more important aspects of intellectual property litigation. It begins by considering who can bring proceedings and who can be sued with respect to infringement before discussing how evidence is obtained and preserved, with particular reference to disclosure orders and search orders. In addition, the chapter looks at presumptions that alter the normal burden of proof; unjustified threats of infringement; special courts and tribunals that deal with the technical nature of intellectual property litigation; parallel proceedings and the problems that they raise; the use of experts in litigation; and jurisdictional issues and conflicts of law. Finally, it examines alternative dispute resolution as an approach to resolving disputes concerning intellectual property.

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