Courts get tough on IP litigation costs

IP litigation does not come cheap and a recent case involving Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) and Visto saw RIM's legal advisors, Allen and Overy bill a staggering £6m for their services. Now Blackberry and Visto are back in court but as reported in The Lawyer, this time Mr Justice Arnold has stepped in to temper the potential fee excessed and ordered Allen and Overy to provide an estimate of their costs before proceeding.

Mediabeak thinks that not just with IP as with media cases, the courts are aware of the often disproportionate bills being racked up and are showing increased willingness to intervene. Its not filtered through to reduce the excessed of controversial CFAs yet but it will hopefully filter through to redress some of the imbalances seen in litigation costs.

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