WIPO Caseload Summary

WIPO Mediation, Arbitration, Expert Determination Cases and Good Offices Requests

Statistics

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has administered over 730 mediation, arbitration and expert determination (together, WIPO ADR) cases. As the table covering the period 2011-2020 shows, most of these cases were filed in recent years.

WIPO ADR cases were predominately based on contract clauses; however some cases were submitted to WIPO ADR as a result of a submission agreement concluded after the dispute had arisen (some of these following WIPO Good Offices as described below, including disputes pending before national courts).

Some 30% of the mediation, arbitration and expedited arbitration cases filed with the WIPO Center included an escalation clause providing for WIPO mediation followed, in the absence of a settlement, by WIPO arbitration or expedited arbitration.

In addition, the WIPO Center regularly provides procedural guidance to parties in order to facilitate their direct settlement, or the submission of their existing dispute to WIPO ADR.

The WIPO Center has assisted parties in over 650 "Good Offices" requests (some of these are followed by WIPO ADR proceedings) based in different jurisdictions from all regions of the world.

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Types of Disputes

WIPO ADR cases usually arise in the context of the following types of disputes:

  • licensing agreements (e.g., trademarks, patents, copyright, software)
  • research and development agreements
  • technology transfer agreements
  • distribution agreements, franchising agreements
  • Information Technology agreements
  • data processing agreements
  • joint venture agreements
  • consultancy agreements
  • art marketing agreements
  • digital copyright
  • TV distribution and formats
  • film production
  • copyright collective management
  • cases arising out of agreements in settlement of prior court litigation

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Parties

Parties to WIPO ADR cases include large-sized companies, SMEs and startups across industries and sectors, artists and inventors, R&D centers, universities, producers and collecting societies.

Parties to WIPO ADR cases so far were based in different jurisdictions, including: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zambia.

Venue and Languages

The most common venues of WIPO ADR proceedings have included: France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.

WIPO ADR proceedings have been conducted in several languages, such as: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.

Case Examples

The WIPO Center makes available a number of anonymized mediation and arbitration case examples.

Remedies

Amounts in dispute in WIPO ADR cases have varied from USD 15,000 to 1 billion.

The remedies claimed in WIPO mediation and arbitration proceedings have included: damages, infringement declarations and specific performance, such as a declaration of non-performance of contractual obligations, or of infringement of rights, further safeguards for the preservation of confidentiality of evidence, the provision of a security, the production of data, the delivery of goods and the conclusion of new contracts (including determination of licensing terms).

Settlement Rates

WIPO ADR procedures seek to create positive opportunities for party settlement. To date, 70% of WIPO mediation and 33% of WIPO arbitration cases have concluded in a settlement between the parties. In 2020, as a result of the increasing use of WIPO Online Case Administration Tools, the WIPO Center observed that the settlement rate in mediation cases increased to 78%.

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WIPO Domain Name Administrative Dispute Resolution Procedures

WIPO has administered over 50,000 cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and related policies. Together, these proceedings have involved parties from 180 countries and some 90,000 Internet domain names. The WIPO Center provides a full range of statistics concerning WIPO domain name cases (e.g., case outcomes and languages, complainant industries, and geographical distribution of parties) on its website. Impact of Changes to Availability of WhoIs Data on the UDRP and the WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, Third Edition are also available online.

The UDRP applies primarily to international domains such as .com, .net, .org, .top, .win and .xyz. In addition, over 75 country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) have appointed the WIPO Center as service provider for managing domain name disputes in their respective ccTLD. The WIPO Center has published a Guide to WIPO’s services for country code top-level domain registries.

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