A framework for collaboration between the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and WIPO has been established upon the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 28, 2011. Under the MOU, IPOS and the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) established a joint dispute resolution procedure to facilitate the mediation of intellectual property disputes pending before IPOS.
Disputes in this area may be related to trademark, patent, industrial design and geographical indications proceedings pending before IPOS. IPOS offers a voluntary mediation option to parties to resolve these disputes through mediation under the WIPO Mediation Rules.
The WIPO Mediation option offered by IPOS may be especially advantageous for international parties seeking to settle related disputes in multiple jurisdictions.
The WIPO Mediation option is available through the entire dispute resolution process before IPOS. More information on IPOS proceedings may be obtained here.
A WIPO Mediation commences with the submission to the WIPO Center in Singapore of a Request for WIPO Mediation. Such Request could also be communicated through IPOS when the parties return to IPOS their Response to Registrar Form if they so wish.
The WIPO Center will then contact the parties regarding the next steps of the procedure, the fees and the appointment of the mediator. The parties are free to identify themselves a suitable candidate for such appointment. The WIPO Center is available to assist with the provision of a shortlist of qualified mediator candidates.
In its role as administering institution, the WIPO Center maintains strict neutrality and independence.
Examples of WIPO mediations for proceedings instituted in IPOS.
Effective proceedings to a large extent depend on the quality of the mediator, arbitrator or expert. The WIPO Center maintains an open-ended Panel, including mediators, arbitrators and experts from Singapore with expertise in intellectual property rights, such as trademarks, patents, industrial designs and geographical indications. They can be appointed in WIPO mediations by parties to disputes pending before IPOS but parties are also free to select mediators, arbitrators or experts from outside the WIPO Panel.
The WIPO Center believes that mediation should be cost effective. In consultation with parties and mediators, the WIPO Center ensures that fees charged in a WIPO mediation in IPOS proceedings are appropriate given the circumstances of the dispute.
In light of the global economic difficulties brought by COVID-19, the WIPO Center will continue to waive its administration fee and introduce a limit to the mediator’s fees for WIPO mediation cases in the context of IPOS proceedings until June 30, 2021. The mediator’s fees and other mediation costs can be funded by IPOS Enhanced Mediation Promotion Scheme.
SGD 500 per party (includes 4 hours of preparation and mediation)
Total mediator’s fees are capped at a maximum of SGD 5,000
(All amounts are in Singapore dollars)
The mediator’s fees and other costs can be funded by IPOS Enhanced Mediation Promotion Scheme, which funds parties’ mediation costs up to SGD 10,000 when Singapore intellectual property rights are involved, and up to SGD 12,000 where foreign intellectual property rights are added to the subject-matter of mediation. Further information can be found here.
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