With intellectual property litigation, the stakes are often exceedingly high, but so is the uncertainty about to how it will turn out.

This mix of high vulnerability and low predictability makes these disputes perfect candidates for alternative dispute resolution, and especially mediation, according to a panel of experts who gathered to talk about the subject last week.Even if a case goes to trial and reaches a verdict, “the Federal Circuit reverses us well over half the time,” said U.S. District Judge Susan Illston. “It’s a really good idea to do as much by ADR as you can.”