The Government likes the idea of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms. But it thinks someone else should run them. It will provide a list of ADR providers who know what an intellectual property right is.
It was felt that ADR mechanisms can provide significantly quicker and cheaper avenues for enforcing patent rights. However, the Government considers that it is not appropriate for IP Australia, as a regulatory agency, to provide post-grant mediation services.
The Government pointed to established organisations such as the LEADR, the Association of Dispute Resolvers, and the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council. IP Australia will compile a list of ADR organisations with expertise in intellectual property rights.
In addition to a list of ADR organisations, IP Australia will also provide:
- scope of protection provided by different IP rights
- role of IP rights owners, attorneys and IP lawyers
- court processes
- typical costs
- potential outcomes.
The Government rejects ACIPs recommendations to establish a formal structure such as an IP Dispute Resolution Centre incorporating a Patent Tribunal. The range of effective measures promised in the press release appear to be limited to better marketing of existing ADR mechanisms.