What does it mean if two parties resolve a trademark dispute "amicably"?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

Amicable resolution is when both parties reach a mutually satisfactory agreement without resorting to legal action or litigation. An amicable resolution typically involves negotiations between the parties, possibly with the assistance of an attorney. Although the communication is supposed to be friendly in nature, a resolution will include a compromise from one or both parties. The resolution is finalized by preparing a signing a document called settlement.

Amicable resolution is the most recommended method of settling trademark disputes, and in certain jurisdictions, the opposition process involves a "cooling off period" during which the IP office asks both parties to try to resolve the issue peacefully. Amicable settlements usually offer a cheaper and quicker resolution of conflicts.

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