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Intellectual property disputes reflect public awareness of the law

There is a significant increase in intellectual property cases compared to the past. FILE
There is a significant increase in intellectual property cases compared to the past. FILE 

Over the last few years I have noticed an increase in the number of intellectual property cases in our law reports.

This means that there is a significant increase in intellectual property litigations as compared to the past, especially on copyright infringement as well as a bit of industrial design disputes.

The parties are usually two businesses fighting over the subject matter save for one or two cases where individuals have been involved. I attribute the rise in litigation to increased awareness of intellectual property laws by the public and legislative framework.

Most of our intellectual property laws were amended in 2001. There is also increasing speciality among lawyers in in the field. Unlike in the past, there are a number of courses and training on intellectual property.