Contributed By Gilat, Bareket & Co., Reinhold Cohn Group
The use of alternative dispute resolution is more widespread in general commercial disputes than in the field of intellectual property. However, the awareness of alternative dispute resolution in patent litigation has significantly increased in recent years and mediation is generally encouraged by the courts. Due the workload in the Israeli court system, judges encourage parties to use mediation (which is regulated by law), but doing so is possible only upon mutual consent of both parties.
Arbitration is also regulated by law and allows the parties to agree upon the possibility of appealing the arbitrator's verdict.