Examples of WIPO Mediations for Proceedings Instituted in the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)

Set out below are examples of mediations conducted under the WIPO Rules. These examples have been prepared while respecting the confidentiality of WIPO proceedings.

A WIPO Mediation of Trade Mark Opposition Proceedings at IPOS

A Singaporean construction company filed oppositions against applications for the registration of three trade marks with IPOS, alleging similarity of key components to its trade mark. The trade marks in question were applied for by three commercially connected entities based in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition, parties had long pending cross-border commercial and IP disputes.

The parties agreed to submit all trade mark oppositions to WIPO mediation in Singapore consolidated into a single mediation, and stated that the parties wished to resolve all the outstanding proceedings on a global basis.

The WIPO Center proposed a Singaporean intellectual property lawyer as mediator. A one-day mediation session took place at Maxwell Chambers in Singapore. The parties settled the trade mark disputes as well as their additional commercial disputes four months after the commencement of the mediation.

A WIPO Mediation of Trade Mark Opposition Proceedings at IPOS

A Singaporean medical service provider filed an opposition against the application for the registration of a trade mark with IPOS by a Malaysian company, alleging similarity of color and features to its trade mark.

The parties agreed to submit the dispute to WIPO mediation in Singapore.

The WIPO Center proposed a Singaporean intellectual property lawyer as mediator. After a day of intense negotiations, the parties reached a settlement under which the applicant agreed to file a new application on the agreed terms.

A WIPO Mediation of Trade Mark Invalidation Proceedings at IPOS

A Chinese exporting company filed an application for the invalidation of a trade mark registered by a Singaporean distributor of consumer products.

The parties agreed to submit the dispute to WIPO mediation in Singapore.

As requested by the parties, the WIPO Center appointed a Singaporean intellectual property lawyer fluent in Chinese. Following a one-day mediation session at the mediator’s law office, the parties reached a settlement under which the applicant agreed to withdraw the application for invalidation. The duration of the mediation was three and a half months.