WIPO Arbitration Workshop

October 21-22, 2008

Purpose and Format of the Workshop

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Professionals from many different jurisdictions have, during the past years, participated in the WIPO Arbitration Workshop, which is designed for lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys and others wishing to familiarize themselves with the international arbitration process.

In 2008, WIPO will again offer an Arbitration Workshop. This Workshop will be held in Geneva on Tuesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 22, 2008.

The purpose of this Workshop is to provide intensive basic training of a practical nature for party representatives in arbitration and for arbitrators. The training, which will be conducted by experienced international arbitrators, will focus on the main principles of international commercial arbitration law and practice, with particular reference to the practical application of the WIPO Arbitration and Expedited Arbitration in intellectual property and technology disputes. The arbitration rules of other arbitration institutions will also be referred to for purposes of comparison.

The format of the Workshop will consist of presentations by the instructors, practical exercises supervised by the instructors and discussion between participants and instructors. Participants are expected to take an active part in the exercises and discussion sessions.

The Workshop materials include the arbitration rules of selected arbitration institutions, relevant laws and codes as well as case scenarios regarding the different stages of arbitral proceedings.


  • Trevor Cook, Bird & Bird, London, United Kingdom
  • M. Scott DONAHEY, Arbitrator and Mediator, Palo Alto, United States of America
  • Richard H. KREINDLER, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • David PERKINS, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, LLP, London, United Kingdom
  • Lucy F. REED, Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer, New York, United States of America
  • Albert Jan VAN DEN BERG, Hanotiau & Van Den Berg, Brussels, Belgium

Venue, Timetable and Working Language

The Workshop will be held at the headquarters of WIPO, 34, chemin des Colombettes, Geneva, Switzerland. It will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Participants should arrive before 8.30 a.m. on the first day of the Workshop, in order to complete their registration. The working language of the Workshop will be English. Proficiency in that language is necessary for participation.

Please note that during the same week, on October 23 and 24, 2008, the Center will be holding a WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Practices and Precedents. The program and registration form for this event are available at http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/workshops/2008/domainname/.


The Program will consist of eight sessions devoted to the following subjects:

  • Recent Developments in International Arbitration
  • Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Selection and Appointment of the Tribunal
  • Preparatory Organization
  • Interim Relief
  • Exchange of Memorials and Documents
  • Hearings and Evidence: Managing the Process
  • Awards
  • Settlement in Arbitration

Each session will consist of a presentation by an instructor, followed by corresponding exercises. The exercises are based on situations drawn from the context of intellectual property disputes and will be conducted in small groups, allowing for discussion between the participants and instructors.

Participation and Fee

The Workshop is open to all interested persons. Participation will be limited to 50 persons.

The registration fee is 1,400 Swiss francs, which covers participation in the Workshop, training materials, luncheons, morning and afternoon coffee and tea each day, and a cocktail reception at the end of the first day. The registration fee is to be settled on registration.

Please note that the registration fee will be refunded only for cancellations received before October 5, 2008.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

If you wish to apply for CLE credit, please indicate so on the registration form.

Registration and Further Information

Those wishing to register are requested to return the registration form to the following address, from which further information (including, upon request, references to past participants) may also be obtained:

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, chemin des Colombettes, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
Tel: (41-22) 338 75 50 - Fax: (41-22) 338 71 90
E-mail: arbiter.meetings@wipo.int