SPC's IPR division conducts its first circuit hearing in Shandong
The Intellectual Property Court of the Supreme People's Court recently conducted its first circuit hearing in East China's Shandong province, successfully settling a complex case through mediation.
Revolving around a patent dispute, the involved parties had filed two civil lawsuits in addition to an application for the invalidation of the patent, making the case fairly complicated.
The parties’ scattered locations in Shandong also added to the case's complexity. Under such circumstances, the court decided to launch a provincial circuit hearing.
During the mediation process, the parties finally agreed in writing to drop the lawsuits as well as the patent invalidation application, and that a payment should be made to the patent holder for use of its patent.
By integrating a circuit hearing with mediation, the court managed to realize the revocation of multiple lawsuits at the same time, and to settle the case in just a month or so, avoiding the time-consuming litigation process.
The court has been committed to building a diversified solution system for intellectual property disputes since its establishment, which has started to bear fruit.