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Objective: This study explores and compares the Intellectual Property (IP) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) frameworks in Pakistan and the United States, focusing on their legal systems and ADR cultures.
Global Context: Societies worldwide seek innovative dispute resolution mechanisms for swift and timely justice.
Methodology: The analysis contrasts the ADR landscapes of Pakistan and the USA, acknowledging their shared commitment to IP protection. Special attention is given to the USA's more advanced ADR infrastructure and Pakistan's progress through the Intellectual Property Organization (IPO), including specialized IP ADR courts and guidelines.
Recommendations for Pakistan's IP ADR Framework Enhancement:
- Strengthened Oversight: Advocate for reinforced oversight by the Intellectual Property Organization (IPO).
- Comprehensive Training: Call for comprehensive training programs for IP law officials and judges.
- Tribunals Establishment: Propose the creation of IP law tribunals in each division for broader accessibility.
Advocacy for Specialized Enforcement Units and Stringent Penalties:
- Legal Framework Reinforcement: Suggest establishing specialized enforcement units and stringent penalties to fortify Pakistan's IP legal framework.
Mandatory ADR Bench at High Court Level:
- ADR Bench Establishment: Propose the establishment of a mandatory ADR Bench for IP disputes at the high court level.
- Effectiveness of Specialized Benches: Emphasize the effectiveness of specialized benches in streamlining IP dispute resolution processes.
Conclusion: The study provides measures to strengthen Pakistan's IP ADR landscape, aiming for a more efficient resolution of intellectual property disputes. The proposed enhancements include reinforced oversight, comprehensive training, tribunal establishment, specialized enforcement units, stringent penalties, and the introduction of a mandatory ADR Bench at the high court level.
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