The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center provides alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services that are regularly used by multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research and development (R&D) centers, universities and inventors from around the world.
International and domestic innovation-related transactions involve a rich variety of contracts and transactions, involving complex legal, commercial or management issues, often including related intellectual property (IP) rights. Also, research partners from different institutional backgrounds may have diverging expectations and understandings of creating, using and exploiting IP rights.
Efficient dispute avoidance and cost-effective ADR options help parties to find solutions without the need for court litigation. Technology-related disputes now account for some 50% of WIPO arbitration and mediation cases.
With offices in Geneva, Switzerland, and in Singapore, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center is a neutral, international and non-profit dispute resolution provider specializing in IP and technology related commercial disputes.
The WIPO Center actively helps the parties to submit disputes to WIPO ADR procedures; assists in the selection of a specialized mediator, arbitrator(s) or expert from the WIPO Center’s database or otherwise, and the setting of the neutral’s fees; and manages case communications and finances.
The WIPO Center can also assist with support services, including arranging for meeting and hearing rooms, wherever the parties have decided to situate their case. Throughout, the WIPO Center liaises with parties and neutrals to ensure optimal procedural efficiency.
The WIPO Center and the WIPO Global Challenges Division collaborate to raise awareness of the advantages of ADR for disputes related to green technolgies.
To facilitate the referral of disputes to WIPO ADR procedures, the WIPO Center provides recommended contract clauses (for the submission of future disputes under a particular contract) and submission agreements (for existing disputes, including those referred by courts).
When parties are involved in a tecnolgy-related dispute, the WIPO Center can provide procedural assistance to them (Good Offices) in order to facilitate direct settlement between them or the submission of their dispute to WIPO mediation or arbitration.
The WIPO Center is regularly contacted in relation to disputes where one party wishes to submit a dispute to mediation, but no mediation agreement exists between the parties, for example in patent infringement disputes or in cases pending before the courts. Under the WIPO Mediation Rules a party may submit a unilateral Request for Mediation to the WIPO Center. The WIPO Center may then assist the parties or, upon request, may appoint an external neutral to provide the required assistance.
WIPO ADR procedures are organized to stimulate positive opportunities for settlement. 70% of the mediations administered by the WIPO Center have resulted in settlement by the parties. Even in arbitration, some 40% of WIPO cases are settled by the parties prior to a formal award.
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