Alternative Dispute Resolution

Owen, Wickersham & Erickson attorneys serve as expert neutrals in the federal court for the Northern District of California and the International Trademark Association. We also offer private arbitration, mediation, and early neutral evaluation services as an alternative to litigation of intellectual property disputes. Our counsel serve as experienced neutrals with specific intellectual property expertise, in the context of a formal structure designed to help disputants resolve intellectual property disputes amicably. Alternative dispute resolution has many advantages, including opportunities to craft solutions that are better for both parties than a litigated outcome, the certainty of a final resolution, and cost efficiency.

Areas of focus:

  • Copyright and trademark infringement claims
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Contract disputes (e.g., licenses, gallery contracts)
  • Copyright ownership and co-authorship issues (often upon dissolution of a partnership)
  • False advertising and trade disparagement
  • Publicity and privacy rights
  • Art law disputes