World Intellectual Property Organization

Case Filing Guidelines

Referral to WIPO mediation is consensual. A WIPO mediation can only take place if both parties have agreed to such procedure by means of a WIPO mediation clause in the relevant contract, or by means of a WIPO mediation submission agreement.

In the absence of a mediation agreement between the parties, a party that wishes to propose submitting a dispute to mediation shall submit a unilateral Request for WIPO Mediation in writing to the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and to the other party, in accordance with Article 4 of the WIPO Mediation Rules. The Center may assist the parties in considering the Request for Mediation.

How to submit a Request for WIPO Mediation?

A WIPO mediation is commenced by a party submitting a Request for Mediation in writing to the Center.

  1. A request that the dispute be referred to mediation under the WIPO Mediation Rules
  2. the names and full communication details of the parties and their representatives
  3. a copy of the mediation agreement
  4. a brief statement of the nature of the dispute
  5. any observations relating to the appointment of the Mediator, including the Mediator’s expected qualifications (optional)

    (WIPO Mediation Rules, Articles 7-8)
  • Where there is no mediation agreement between the parties (Article 4 of the WIPO Mediation Rules), a Request for Mediation should be sent by expedited postal or courier service or by fax or by e-mail to:
  1. A request that the dispute be referred to mediation under the WIPO Mediation Rules
  2. the names and full communication details of the parties and their representatives
  3. a brief statement of the nature of the dispute
  4. any observations relating to the appointment of the Mediator, including the Mediator’s expected qualifications (optional)

    (WIPO Mediation Rules, Articles 7-8)

The requesting party shall complete sections 1 and 2(a) of the Request for Mediation. The WIPO Center will then invite the other party to complete section 2(b).

  • The Request for Mediation should be sent by e-mail or by expedited postal or courier service or by fax to:
  1. The Center

    Arbitration and Mediation Center (Geneva)
    34, chemin des Colombettes
    1211 Geneva 20
    Switzerland
    T +4122 338 8247
    F +4122 740 3700
    E arbiter.mail@wipo.int

    Arbitration and Mediation Center (Singapore)
    Maxwell Chambers
    32 Maxwell Road #02-02
    Singapore 069115
    T +65 6225 2129
    F +65 6225 3568
    E arbiter.mail@wipo.int

    The Center recommends that, where appropriate, the Request for Mediation is submitted by e-mail.

  2. The other party ( Articles 3 and 4 of the WIPO Mediation Rules)
  • The requesting party should pay the administration fee to the Center as required by Article 22 of the WIPO Mediation Rules and the Center's Schedule of Fees and Costs. The Center recommends that the requesting party make mention of such payment when submitting the Request for Mediation to the Center. The fee paid will be considered when the Center in due course renders an accounting of all fees and deposits. (Article 24(d) of the WIPO Mediation Rules)
    Costs of mediation, including the administration fee and the fees and expenses of the mediator, shall be borne in equal shares by the parties, unless they have agreed otherwise. (Article 24 of the WIPO Mediation Rules)

Upon receipt of the Request for Mediation, the Center shall inform the parties in writing of the receipt by it of such Request and of the date of commencement of the mediation. (WIPO Mediation Rules, Article 6)

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