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How your business can solve licensing and development disputes

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | Intellectual Property

Business partnerships can be rewarding. However, even the most well-intentioned collaborations can end up trying to weather disagreements and disputes.

When such challenges arise, addressing them promptly and effectively is crucial to help minimize disruption and protect your business interests. If you’re currently navigating the maze of licensing and development disputes, you can explore various approaches to place yourself in a stronger position to reach a successful resolution.

What are the most common dispute triggers?

Before delving into solutions, it’s important to understand the common triggers for licensing and development disputes. For starters, unclear language within the agreement can lead to misinterpretations and differing viewpoints on rights and responsibilities. Moreover, changes in market conditions, technological advancements, or unexpected business developments can create situations not addressed in the original agreement.

Business owners should also know that failure to meet agreed-upon deadlines, quality standards or royalty payments can breed frustration and conflict. Disputes regarding ownership, usage rights or potential infringements on intellectual property can also be complex and contentious.

Litigation as an effective dispute resolution strategy

While negotiation is often preferable for resolving disputes, there are situations where litigation may be the resolution strategy that gets you a lasting solution. When pursuing legal action, it’s crucial to start by compiling all relevant documents like contracts, communication records and financial statements to support your claims.

From here, you’re able to file a lawsuit. This allows you to seek a court order enforcing the terms of the agreement, awarding damages for losses incurred or obtaining other forms of relief. If court orders don’t help you reach a settlement out of court, the case proceeds to trial, where each party presents their arguments and evidence before a judge or jury. The court can then issue a judgment, which can be appealed to a higher court if necessary.

Licensing and development disputes, though potentially disruptive, are not often insurmountable. By understanding common triggers, exploring a workable dispute resolution strategy and seeking legal guidance when necessary, your business can potentially navigate these challenges effectively.