WIPO Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for Trade Fairs

As part of the WIPO ADR Services for Specific Sectors, the WIPO Center provides dispute resolution advice and case administration services to help parties resolve disputes arising at trade fairs.

In this context, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms, including mediation and expedited arbitration, can offer time- and cost-efficient ways to protect intellectual property (IP) rights against infringements at trade fairs. As alternatives to court litigation they offer the opportunity to resolve a dispute with the assistance of an expert in the substance of the dispute in a very short timeframe. ADR mechanisms offer a neutral forum that permits taking into account parties’ business and other strategic goals at trade fairs.

Selected Areas of Dispute

  • copyright
  • designs
  • geographical indications
  • IP infringement
  • IP licensing
  • know-how
  • misleading advertising
  • royalties
  • technology transfer
  • trademarks
  • unfair competition

Potential Stakeholders to Dispute

  • associations
  • companies
  • exhibitors
  • insurance companies
  • inventors
  • IP asset management agencies
  • non-exhibitors
  • research institutions
  • technology transfer offices
  • trade fair organizers
  • universities

WIPO ADR Services for Trade Fairs

  • Administration of Trade Fairs Disputes

The WIPO Mediation, Arbitration, Expedited Arbitration and Expert Determination Rules are well suited for disputes between parties involved in trade fairs.

The WIPO Rules are flexible and can also be applied in disputes that are not limited to IP. In its role as administering institution, the WIPO Center maintains strict neutrality and independence.

  • WIPO Panel of Neutrals

Effective proceedings to a large extent depend on the quality of the mediator, arbitrator or expert. The WIPO Center maintains an international open-ended Panel, including mediators, arbitrators and experts from around the world combining legal, business and/or technical expertise in the different areas relevant to trade shows. They can be appointed by parties in cases under WIPO Rules but parties are also free to select mediators, arbitrators or experts from outside the WIPO Panel.

  • Procedural Guidance and Training

The WIPO Center makes available recommended contract clauses and submission agreements that parties can use to submit their disputes to ADR. Upon request, the WIPO Center provides procedural guidance to interested parties and organizations involved in the trade fair sector. This includes advice on the drafting and adaptation of ADR clauses in trade fair related contracts and submission agreements, as well as helping to bring disputing parties to ADR.

The WIPO Center also organizes training and workshops on mediation, arbitration and related topics.

  • Establishment of Adapted ADR Frameworks

Where appropriate in light of the needs of the relevant stakeholders, the WIPO Center provides guidance in the establishment of adapted ADR frameworks, including Rules, fees and clauses, and provides administrative services thereunder.

Collaboration with Concerned Stakeholders and Entities

To optimize dispute resolution in the trade fair sector, the WIPO Center collaborates with relevant stakeholders and organizations. This may include organization of joint events and training, and establishment of adapted ADR frameworks, and involves for example the following:

Palexpo and the WIPO Center are collaborating in the provision of a dedicated Fast-Track Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution Procedure for Palexpo Trade Fairs.

SingEx and the WIPO Center are collaborating in the provision of a dedicated Fast-Track Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution Procedure for SingEx Trade and/or Consumer Fairs.

The WIPO Center is available to collaborate with other interested stakeholders

Collaboration with Other WIPO Divisions

In the trade fair sector, the WIPO Center collaborates in particular with WIPO’s Building Respect for IP Division.

Selected Resources


Arbitration and Mediation Center
Arbitration and Mediation Center
34, chemin des Colombettes
P.O. Box 18
1211 Geneva 20
T +4122 338 8247 or 0800 888 549
F +4122 740 3700 or 0800 888 550
Maxwell Chambers
28 Maxwell Road #02-14
Singapore 069120

T +65 6225 2129
F +65 6225 3568

General queries: arbiter.mail@wipo.int