The adequate protection of intellectual property rights is an essential safeguard to commercial innovation in any economy. A new generation of specialised judges and lawyers has grown up to support this around the world. Carolyn Boyle reports
No-one likes going to court. But in many jurisdictions, those who find themselves forced into litigation can take some comfort from an increasingly sophisticated judiciary and more efficient court procedures. The burgeoning movement towards specialisation has seen the creation of dedicated judicial forums to ensure that complicated disputes are decided by experts in the relevant field. The result: high-quality decisions, swift resolution of cases, and a growing tendency for early settlement, to the benefit of litigants and the court system alike.
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