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Authors: Friederike Heckmann, Senior Patent Counsel, Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH & Thorsten Bausch, German and European Patent Attorney in HOFFMANN EITLE's chemistry group

Multinational patent disputes are highly complex and the respective court proceedings are often lengthy and expensive. Therefore, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods can be an attractive and powerful alternative to traditional patent litigation. Mediation as one of the ADR methods offers the involved parties the opportunity to settle all related disputes with the assistance of a mediator in one fell swoop, thereby reaching a global settlement and achieving immediate legal certainty in all jurisdictions involved.

If you like to know more about the characteristics of mediation in a patent dispute, as well as the advantages of mediation over traditional patent litigation and its limitations, please click on the below link.

The use of mediation in settling patent disputes