The shift to specialism: an international comparison

By James Whymark and Carlos Davila-Peniche

With more courts establishing specialisms in IP matters across the globe, an overview of the different regimes is more important than ever

Globally, the role of IP law has been evolving alongside developments in technology and the increasing influence of brands and designs. The multifaceted nature of IP rights, coupled with the development of specific rules and practices unique to this area (eg, the use of experts, experiments and surveys), has driven the need for specialist judges to adjudicate on IP disputes. As a result of the high level of complexity involved in many IP matters, as well as the correlating increase in specialist practitioners, many jurisdictions have now established dedicated courts which focus exclusively on IP cases.

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