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International Survey on Dispute Resolution in Technology Transactions

This survey is now closed

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center is pleased to inform you about an international Survey it is conducting in recognition of the usefulness of having more precise statistical and comparative information on dispute resolution of technology disputes. This Survey has been developed with the support of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI) and the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) and in collaboration with in-house counsel and external experts in technology disputes from different jurisdictions and business areas. Their collective experience with technology disputes is reflected in the content, scope and structure of this questionnaire, and they are also assisting in its distribution.


This Survey is addressed to companies, research organizations, universities, government bodies, law firms, individuals and other entities involved in technology licensing and technology disputes. A response from your legal or patent department, technology transfer office or other internal unit dealing with patent and technology licensing and/or litigation/dispute resolution is key to the success of the Survey. The WIPO Center would very much appreciate your distributing this Survey within your entity where appropriate. If you are working in a law firm, we hope that you are prepared either to complete this Survey on behalf of one of your clients most relevant in this context, or to distribute this Survey to selected clients.


Participation in this Survey will help provide a fact-based assessment of the current use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as compared to court litigation in technology related disputes, as well as a qualitative evaluation of these dispute resolution options. Your responses will also support the anticipation of future trends in this area. The Survey should thus help inform both the WIPO Center’s provision of appropriate ADR services and, where applicable, party dispute resolution strategy. The Survey may also support discussions on best-practices in technology dispute resolution. For purposes of the Survey, we understand technology to encompass patents, know-how and, in certain instances, copyright.


The Survey results will be presented in a WIPO Center report which we hope may support you in negotiating dispute resolution contract provisions with business partners, and in identifying appropriate solutions for existing disputes. The WIPO Center will provide you as a participating respondent with a preview of the Survey results prior to full publication.


Participation in this Survey is confidential. Unless you indicate otherwise, any information which you have provided will only be used to identify aggregate trends or, in appropriate cases, to quote generic comments anonymously. The WIPO Center will use the information obtained for the above stated Survey purposes only. Your email address will be stored confidentially and used to send a copy of the results to you.


The Survey covers the following topics:

I. Information about the Survey Respondent
II. Technology Related Agreements
III. Dispute Resolution Clauses in Technology Related Agreements
IV. Types of Technology Related Disputes
V. Resolution of Technology Related Disputes
VI. Final Comments

This survey is now closed.


The survey results will be made available in 2012.

Further Information

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WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
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WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
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Singapore 069120
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