ITU - WIPO Symposium on Dispute Resolution at the Crossroads of Information and Communications Technologies and Intellectual Property

Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, October 8, 2009


On Thursday, October 8, 2009, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will organize a Symposium in Geneva, Switzerland.

The nexus between the world of intellectual property and information and communications technologies (ICT) is tightening. Accelerating advances in technology are placing patent licensing at the forefront of ICT development. Software copyright issues are central to the increasing importance of applications in the world of Internet Protocol, interconnected providers, next generation networks, the open source movement and now cloud computing. The widespread availability of all forms of media on the Internet is raising numerous issues around management of digital copyright. These developments and the multi-jurisdictional nature of telecommunications, particularly the Internet, are making international dispute resolution increasingly important to the ICT sector.

The ITU has a long standing interest in dispute resolution in the ICT sector. It has published books and papers on developments in dispute resolution, carried out case studies and provided training courses on dispute resolution and engaged in numerous related activities.

The WIPO Center offers alternative dispute resolution options for the resolution of international commercial disputes between private parties. Its procedures are widely recognized as particularly appropriate for a variety of technology and communications related disputes. A growing number of ICT disputes are being referred to the Center for resolution through mediation, arbitration or expert determination. The WIPO Center’s experience, for example, includes disputes involving ICTs, including in cases where intellectual property is only one of the issues involved. Disputes referred to the WIPO Center concern, for example, infrastructure construction, investments and acquisitions, supply and service contracts, and regular trade and commerce in ICT.


The purpose of this symposium is to bring together leading professionals in the ICT and digital copyright sectors to discuss these trends, evaluate the kinds of disputes that are arising and are likely to arise in the future, and assess the merits of the various options available for resolving them.

The symposium will integrate perspectives from speakers with experience at the frontline of these issues, including Google, Nokia and British Telecom and leading lawyers in the field dealing with the architecture and policies behind telecommunications services and networks and provoke discussion on these fields.


The symposium is a one-day meeting composed of four consecutive sessions covering the following topics:

  • Introduction – ICTs and Intellectual Property in a Creative, Contentious Environment
  • Infrastructure, Devices, Technology – Ownership and Openness
  • Content and Copyright in the Global Networked Environment
  • Dispute Prevention and Resolution at the Intersection of ICTs and IPRs

A more detailed Conference program is available at

Who should attend?

The symposium should be of interest to representatives from companies involved in ICT, intellectual property counsel, trademark and patent attorneys, as well as authorities and policy makers active in the telecommunications sector.


The faculty for this Symposium will consist of representatives of major telecommunication companies, internet service providers, regulatory authorities and experts in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Practical Information

Venue Timetable Language
Geneva Palexpo, Room A, Switzerland Thursday October 8, 2009
The program will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How to register

How to register Registration Fee
The registration fee for the ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009 includes participation at this Symposium

 Contact details

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
34, chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
Tel: (41-22) 338 8247 - Fax: (41-22) 338 8337
Web site: http://
Place des Nations
1211 Geneva 20
Tel: +41 22 730 6161
Fax: +41 22 730 6444

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