Dispute Resolution

Many times in navigating the IP landscape, IP disputes arise. Sometimes businesses need to take steps to enforce their intellectual property against infringers, and sometimes they defend against accusations of infringement. Although our goal is to help our clients avoid IP disputes, we are here to help if they arise.

Based in San Francisco, Rhodes LLP is an IP law firm that regularly handles IP dispute resolution. We have handled dispute resolutions ranging from arbitration, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office post-grant proceedings, district court and appellate proceedings, and U.S. Supreme Court proceedings. We focus exclusively on IP law; work that often takes us to court. We also understand the importance of spotting and resolving prelitigation disputes so that clients stay out of court. Our skills as litigators who handle complex intellectual property matters are a tremendous asset for businesses of every size. We can anticipate various issues before they arise and prepare clients to take the necessary steps to effectively resolve them.

Dispute Resolution Services We Offer

Solutions to disputes fall into various categories. These often include the following:

  • Litigation: Going to court can be expensive and time-consuming. However, after analyzing the cost and benefits, clients sometimes find it is necessary to go to court to resolve an important IP dispute.
  • Patent Office Post-Grant Proceedings: Sometimes a dispute can be resolved less expensively by using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to resolve patent validity issues.
  • Licensing: If they prove to be a reputable business, this may be a viable and safe option if a qualified attorney handles the arrangement.
  • Third-Party Correspondence: Through correspondence, including "cease and desist" letters, a party puts the other party on notice of potential infringement. IP attorneys may advise parties in their discussions to resolve the legal dispute.

Alternatives To Litigation

As with other areas of law, there may be faster and cheaper alternatives to resolving your IP dispute, while still using a highly qualified IP lawyer. These include:

  • Mediation: We can assist parties in reaching a settlement by fostering dialogue and helping determine their best interests.
  • Arbitration: This procedure involves an impartial third party and may be binding or nonbinding. The idea is to negotiate terms that both sides can live with.
  • Expert determination: This involves consulting experts who can make a decision on the matter. Decisions are either binding or nonbinding.

Contact Us To Discuss Your Options

Protecting your intellectual property is always good business. Call 415-800-1527 or contact us online to schedule an appointment to discuss your issues and goals.