WIPO Arbitration Workshop

WIPO, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Thursday and Friday, October 10 and 11, 2013


For many companies, intellectual property has become an essential business asset as well as a means of creating value. It is being exploited on an increasingly international level in various forms of collaborative arrangements, such as licenses, technology transfer and R&D agreements, and film and media related agreements. As a consequence, parties increasingly look for dispute resolution mechanisms that match their business requirements: private procedures which provide efficient, flexible and less costly means of settling international disputes without disrupting commercial relationships.

Intellectual property rights are as strong as the means to enforce them. In that context, arbitration, as a private and confidential procedure, is increasingly being used to resolve disputes involving intellectual property rights, especially when involving parties from different jurisdictions. Intellectual property and technology disputes have a number of particular characteristics that may be better addressed by arbitration than by court litigation.

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center offers Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedures, in particular arbitration, mediation and expert determination, for the resolution of international commercial disputes between private parties. As part of its efforts to promote ADR options, and in order to meet increasing demand for training in those areas, the WIPO Center organizes every year a WIPO Arbitration Workshop. To further promote ADR awareness among stakeholders as well as generally stimulate demand for WIPO arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region, the WIPO Center is organizing this Workshop in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The WIPO Center is organizing this Workshop in Seoul, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), sponsored by Korea Patent Attorneys Association (KPAA).


Faculty for this Workshop will consist of experienced WIPO arbitrators with extensive international arbitration experience, including exposure to intellectual property, technology issues, and entertainment transactions.

 cook  hughes  loyau
Trevor Cook
Bird & Bird
Benjamin Hughes
Independent Arbitrator & Mediator
Republic of Korea
Christian Loyau
European Telecommunications Standards Institute
Sophia Antipolis
perkins  reed berg
David Perkins
Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP
Lucy F. Reed
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hong Kong
SAR of China
Richard Tan
Stamford Law Corporation 

Full profiles of the faculty are available at https://www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/workshops/2013/arbitration/profiles/.


The purpose of the WIPO Arbitration Workshop is to provide intensive basic training of a practical nature for party representatives in arbitration and for arbitrators. The training will focus on the main principles of international commercial arbitration law and practice, with particular reference to the practical case application of the WIPO Arbitration and WIPO Expedited Arbitration Rules (as well as the WIPO Expert Determination Rules) in intellectual property and technology disputes. The arbitration rules of other arbitration institutions are also referred to for purposes of comparison.

The format of the Workshop will consist of presentations by the instructors, practical exercises supervised by the instructors and discussion between participants and instructors. Participants are expected to take an active part in the exercises and discussion sessions. After completion of the Workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the substantive components of international commercial arbitration, as well as the benefits and limitations of arbitration in intellectual property disputes as compared to other dispute resolutions options, in particular court litigation. In addition, they will obtain practical information about the role of the WIPO Center in ADR proceedings, and its arbitration clauses and rules.


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

  • Recent Developments in International Arbitration
  • Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Selection and Appointment of the Tribunal
  • Preparatory Organization
  • Interim Relief
  • Exchange of Memorials and Documents
  • Hearings and Evidence: Managing the Process
  • Awards
  • Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses

Who Should Attend

The WIPO Arbitration Workshop is designed for lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, and others wishing to familiarize themselves with the international arbitration process and to receive training as arbitrators or party representatives. Reading material will be provided to registered participants ahead of the program. Proficiency in English is essential for participation.

Certificate of Participation (including for CLE/CPD)

All participants who complete the program will be awarded a certificate of participation. Those who have applied for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit will receive a special certificate to this effect. Korean CLE credit will be also available for the Korean attorneys (including patent attorneys) who complete the program.

Venue Timetable Language

Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Seoul. Please refer to: www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/practical-information/korea/

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first day and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second day. English

Registration and Fee

Participation Registration Fee Cancellations How to apply
Participation in the Workshop will be limited to 60 persons USD1000 (includes materials, coffee and lunches) The registration fee paid to WIPO will be refunded only for cancellations received before September 29, 2013 Through the Registration Form or online

Hotel Accommodation and Other Useful Information

Information is available at www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/practical-information/korea/


Contact Details

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB)
34, chemin des Colombettes
P.O. Box 18
1211 Geneva 20
T +41 22 338 8247 or 0800 888 549
F +41 22 740 8337 or 0800 888 550
E arbiter.meetings@wipo.int
W www.wipo.int/amc/


Kayla BYUN (Ms.)
International Counsel
Republic of Korea
T +(822) 551 2003
F +(822) 551 2020
M +(8210) 6558 3612
E ksbyun@kcab.or.kr

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