Patent Office Mediation Service judged a success The Patent Office has won a prestigious award in this year’s annual CEDR Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution Awards for the introduction of a new mediation service to help companies and individuals involved in intellectual property (IP) disputes. The award ceremony held on 29 September is an annual event organised by CEDR, The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, and was attended by 250 leading figures from the Alternative Dispute Resolution and legal community. Against tough competition the Patent Office Mediation Service won the Public Sector Award. The independent panel of judges said; “That the Patent Office had made an extraordinary achievement in introducing ADR (alternative dispute resolution) into its work in resolving disputes. It showed leadership and innovation, with the ability to impact on how an entire sector will manage its conflicts.” Ron Marchant Chief Executive of the Patent Office said; "Effective enforcement of rights is one of our priorities, and we hope that in the future mediation and our mediation service will make an increasing contribution to resolution of disputes as an alternative to expensive court action."