Emerging Trends in the Resolution of Intellectual Property Disputes: Effective Resolution of Disputes through WIPO Arbitration and Mediation

Organized by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and The Singapore Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Maxwell Chambers, Singapore, Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The World Intellectual Property Organization

The World Intellectual Property Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations, whose mandate is to promote the protection of intellectual property; and it provides through the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center alternative dispute resolution services through arbitration, mediation and expert determination. The WIPO Center was established in 1994 and is based in Geneva. In 2010 the WIPO Center established an office at Maxwell Chambers in Singapore.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Branch

Founded in 1915 with approximately 12,000 members in more than 100 countries, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators ("Institute") is a centre of excellence, for the global promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of dispute resolution. The Institute is a UK registered charity working in the public interest through an international network of more than 30 Branches and Chapters. The Institute’s professional Pathways programme is a world-class framework of knowledge and skills in the field of non-court dispute resolution covering the main disciplines of arbitration, adjudication, mediation, and international arbitration. The programmes and events of the Institute provide the ideal platform to underpin and support the development of professional experience in these disciplines, as well as a tiered range of professional membership qualifications to provide public recognition for your level of expertise. The Singapore Branch was established in 2010.

This Seminar

Intellectual property (IP) rights are valuable business assets. The creation, protection and exploitation of IP rights continues to grow at an exponential rate globally and especially in Asia. Such commercial transactions frequently involve cross-border transactions, parties from different backgrounds and different national laws.

‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬The complex nature of such transactions often results in multi-jurisdictional disputes involving parties from many different countries having different business, legal and cultural backgrounds, attitudes and expectations.‬ ‬The determination of such disputes before different national courts can result in potentially conflicting and unsatisfactory outcomes, as well as high legal and other costs associated with litigating in different countries.‬ Therefore, increasingly, IP owners and users are turning to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures such as arbitration and mediation to resolve their disputes. ‬WIPO Arbitration and Mediation procedures are particularly suited for such disputes and allow parties to resolve their disputes in a cost effective, neutral, efficient and confidential manner.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Mr. Ignacio de Castro, Deputy Director of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, will discuss current trends and challenges in IP ADR, drawing from WIPO’s ADR experiences. Among the topics he will speak on are:‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

  • The use of different techniques in dispute resolution of IP disputes and the work of the WIPO Center in this area‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Case studies and examples involving international disputes and how innovative solutions have been used to overcome various problems that national courts would have faced.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • The use of model ADR clauses and tips on tailoring the dispute resolution clauses to specific needs, including multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses.
  • Expedited procedures, and situations where they may be appropriate.
  • Multi-party arbitrations and consolidation of disputes in related contracts.
  • Special provisions in the WIPO Rules relating to confidentiality‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Secure and Efficient Communication - WIPO Electronic Case Facility (ECAF)‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Settlement Trends in IP ADR‬‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Tailored WIPO Dispute Resolution Schemes and examples‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • The WIPO International Survey on Dispute Resolution in Technology Transactions.

Full program

Provisional Agenda

Who should attend

  • Arbitrators
  • Lawyers
  • Academics & Researchers
  • In-house Legal Counsel
  • Legal Managers
  • Policy makers & regulators
  • IP Industry
  • IP Asset Managers & Consultants
  • IP Owners & Investors
  • IP Strategists
  • IP Expert Witnesses & Valuation Experts
Venue Timetable Language
Maxwell Chambers, Singapore Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The program will run from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Registration and Fee

Participation Registration Fee Cancellations How to apply
Participation in the Workshop will be limited to 80 persons S$80 Non-members
S$25 full-time students
S$40 CIArb Member
S$60 Preferred Rate for members of AIPPI/APAA/Law Society/LES/SCCA/SlArb
Any cancellation received in writing 30 days or more prior to the event date will be subject to a 50% cancellation charge. Please send the registration form by fax or e-mail to Secretariat, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Limited

Contact Deatils

Secretariat, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Limited
Level 10, 55 Market Street, Singapore 048941
E Secretariat@ciarb.org.sg; T +65-65213111; F +65-65213001