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Pruning

I have just reviewed my links for the first time in years and found that many of my favourites are no longer up and running. I am particularly sad to see the end of Sulleiman's "Law Reunion" but there have also seem to have been a lot of casualties elsewhere such as "Fashion Blog" and "IP Counsel" in the USA. I have added one new link - "Toronto Employment Lawyer" . I know it is not IP but it's a good blog and there is a lot of overlap between IP and employments - restrictive covenants, employees' inventions, confidential information - that sort of thing.

Low Cost Specialist IP Arbitration Service

The Code of Practice for pre-action conduct in intellectual property disputes provides at paragraph 6:
"6. ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
In all cases the parties should consider alternative means of settling their dispute, and, where appropriate, attempt to resolve the dispute without resorting to litigation. Examples of such means of alternative dispute resolution include:
6.1. dialogue which expressly or by its nature is without prejudice;;
6.2 determination by an independent expert (such as a lawyer experienced in intellectual property matters or an individual experienced in the subject matter of
the claim) whose name and fees, along with the precise issues to be determined,
will have been agreed by the parties in advance;
6.3 mediation;
6.4 arbitration (which carries statutory obligations)."

Similarly, paragraph 4.7 of the Practice Direction Protocols advises parties to "consider whether some form of alternative dispute resolution procedure would be more suitable than litig…