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An intellectual property dispute might arise out of one entity using a trademark, patent, or industrial design right of another entity. Whether the violated entity filed a patent or trademark, an intellectual property dispute might be filed with the court. Once the complaint has been answered and a counterclaim has been filed, the discovery process begins.
During the discovery process, documentation relevant to the case at hand is exchanged between the parties involved in the dispute. Some documents fall under certain confidentiality laws, most notably, attorney-client privileged documents. Documents are reviewed prior to being forwarded to the opposing party to ensure that no documents covered by confidentiality rules are forwarded.
A firm might not be able to take an intellectual property case that has extensive documentation if it does not have enough attorneys to work with the discovery requests. A legal staffing firm provides additional, temporary, experienced attorneys to help with the document review process, allowing all firms—large and small—to work on large intellectual property cases.