WIPO Arbitration Workshop

WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16, 2009

Overview

For many companies, intellectual property has become an essential business asset as well as a means of creating value. It is being exploited on an increasingly international level in various forms of collaborative arrangements, such as licenses, technology transfer agreements and R&D agreements. As a consequence, parties increasingly look for dispute resolution mechanisms that match their business requirements: private procedures which would provide efficient, flexible and less costly means of settling international disputes without disrupting commercial relationships.

Intellectual property rights are as strong as the means to enforce them. In that context, arbitration, as a private and confidential procedure, is increasingly being used to resolve disputes involving intellectual property rights, especially when involving parties from different jurisdictions. Intellectual property disputes have a number of particular characteristics that may be better addressed by arbitration than by court litigation.

Faculty

Faculty for this Workshop will consist of experienced WIPO arbitrators with extensive international arbitration experience, including exposure to intellectual property and technology issues.

cook donahey kreindler
Trevor Cook
Bird & Bird
London
UK
M. Scott Donahey
Arbitrator and Mediator
Palo Alto
USA
Richard H. Kreindler
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Frankfurt am Main
Germany
perkins reed berg
David Perkins
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
London
UK
Lucy F. Reed
Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer
New York
USA
Richard TAN
Lovells Lee & Lee
Singapore
Singapore

Full profiles are available here.

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center offers Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedures, in particular arbitration, mediation and expert determination, for the resolution of international commercial disputes between private parties. As part of its efforts to promote ADR options, and in order to meet increasing demand for training in those areas, the Center organizes every year a WIPO Arbitration Workshop.

Description

The purpose of the WIPO Arbitration 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 case application of the WIPO Arbitration and WIPO Expedited Arbitration Rules (as well as the WIPO Expert Determination Rules) in intellectual property and technology disputes. The arbitration rules of other arbitration institutions are also 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. After completion of the Workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the substantive components of international commercial arbitration, as well as the benefits and limitations of arbitration in intellectual property disputes as compared to other dispute resolutions options, in particular court litigation. In addition, they will obtain practical information about the role of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in ADR proceedings, and its arbitration clauses and rules.

Program

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

  • Recent Developments in International Arbitration
  • Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes Program
  • 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

Who Should Attend

The WIPO Arbitration Workshop is designed for lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, and others wishing to familiarize themselves with the international arbitration process and to receive training as arbitrators or party representatives. Reading material will be provided to registered participants ahead of the program. Proficiency in English is essential for participation.

Certificate of Participation (including for CLE/CPD)

All participants who complete the program will be awarded a certificate of participation. Those who have applied for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit will receive a special certificate to this effect.

Practical Information

Venue Timetable Language
WIPO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland The program will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first day and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second. A cocktail will be offered on the first evening English
 

Registration and Fee

Participation Registration Fee Cancellations How to apply
Participation in the Workshop will be limited to 50 persons 1,400 Swiss Francs. Please refer to the Registration form for a full schedule of fees The registration fee paid to WIPO will be refunded only for cancellations received before October 1, 2009 Through the Registration Form or online
 

Hotel Accommodation and Other Useful Information

Information is available here.

Contact Details

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
Tel: (41-22) 338 8247 - Fax: (41-22) 338 8337
E-mail: arbiter.meetings@wipo.int
Web site: http://www.wipo.int/amc/

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