Workshop on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Research and Development Collaborations

Organized by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and the Center for Intellectual Property Rights, Catholic University of Leuven
Leuven Belgium, Friday, November 13, 2009


Research and innovation are essential to address global challenges. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are of fundamental importance to Research and Development (R&D) collaborations. The cross-border dimension of R&D projects often involves complex questions related to IPR. Research partners may have diverging expectations and understandings of using and exploiting IPR. Thinking carefully about the options available to resolve disputes may be central to the success or failure of research collaborations.

In this context, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms, such as mediation, (expedited) arbitration and expert determination may be time- and cost-effective alternatives to court procedures. Recent developments like the adoption of Directive 2008/52/EC on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters, the further internationalization of the European Research Area and the case experience of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) administering cases involving research collaboration and technology transfer agreements shows that ADR is increasingly foreseen for the resolution of disputes in R&D collaborations.

In light of these developments this workshop will bring together leading professionals active in research collaborations in different research areas in order to discuss trends of dispute resolution, evaluate the kinds of disputes that are arising and are likely to arise in the future, and to assess the merits of the various options available for resolving them.

The meeting is organized by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, the Center for Intellectual Property Rights, Catholic University of Leuven, the Licensing Executive Society-LES Benelux, the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA), the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations (EARTO) and the European Knowledge Transfer Association (ProTon Europe).


The faculty for this Symposium will consist of experienced speakers from industry, research organizations, technology transfer offices, universities and the European Commission presenting their dispute resolution experiences in research collaboration.


The Program will consist of seven sessions devoted to the following subjects:

  • Introduction to ADR Mechanisms – Mediation, (Expedited) Arbitration and Expert Determination
  • R&D Collaborations in FP7 – Ways to Collaborate and the Joint Research Centre’s Experience with Dispute Resolution
  • New Ways of R&D collaboration : Open Innovation, Collaborative Licensing and How to Prevent and Resolve Disputes
  • Industry Perspectives on ADR in R&D Collaborations - Panel Discussion 1
  • Universities and Research Institutes Perspectives on ADR in R&D Collaborations - Panel Discussion 2
  • Arbitration and Mediation Cases and Dispute Resolution Clauses in the context of R&D
  • Case Study - Mock Mediation/Arbitration

Full program

Who should attend?

The workshop is aimed at lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys and representatives from industry, research institutes, universities and public organizations involved in research and development activities.

Practical Information

Venue Timetable Participation
Catholic University Leuven, Faculty of Law, Tiensestraat 41, 3000 Leuven (25 km east of Brussels) Friday November 13, 2009 The program will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participation in the workshop will be limited to 50 persons

Registration and Fee

Registration fee How to apply Cancellations
125 EURO (Members of EIRMA, EARTO and ProTon Europe) 175 EURO (other participants) Send the registration form by fax or e-mail to Mrs. Linda Mees (see below) If a registrant is unable to attend the workshop for any reason they may substitute someone else from the same organization by arrangement with the Center for Intellectual Property Rights. The Center for Intellectual Property Rights cannot offer a refund of the registration fee.

Contact Details

Mrs. Linda Mees
University of Leuven
Center for Intellectual Property Rights
Minderbroedersstraat 5
3000 Leuven
Tel.: 0032 16 32 37 32
Fax: 0032 16 32 37 30

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