Optimising Mediation for Intellectual Property Law – Perspectives from EU, French and UK Law

  • Asako Wechs Hatanaka


A bad compromise is better than a successful lawsuit, says an adage. Would this also apply to intellectual property disputes? Mediation is a dispute resolution method, which is in vogue. It became subject to harmonisation in Europe under Directive 2008/52/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2008 on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters. In this context, the objective of the article is to analyse the functions performed by mediation as well as the limitations to mediation from the viewpoint of civil procedure law, contract law and intellectual property law and to present some proposals to optimise mediation for intellectual property law. A number of legal systems, institutions and dispute resolution providers will be covered with the focus on the European Union, France and the UK.


Mediation Conciliation Settlement Arbitration IP enforcement France United Kingdom Europe 


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  1. 1.Associate Professor of Ritsumeikan University, Faculty of LawKyotoJapan

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