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Conference on IP Dispute Resolution in Life Sciences

Organized by
the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and the Faculty of Law, University of Basel

Supported by
Association of the Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies in Switzerland (Interpharma)
BioValley Basel
European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA)
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

Basel, Switzerland, Friday May 22, 2015


In the complex environment of today's life sciences industries, stakeholders and their counsel face an increasing number of commercial disputes related to intellectual property (IP) and technology with a significant business, financial and reputational impact.

Such disputes require a carefully integrated dispute resolution strategy to control costs and to protect the value of technologies and associated IP rights. Dispute resolution strategies may include out-of-court dispute resolution mechanisms, such as WIPO Mediation or Arbitration.

The Conference will provide an overview of the contractual framework of collaborations in life sciences, relevant IP matters, actual and potential disputes, and options to resolve such disputes. Renowned industry speakers will discuss their experience of court litigation, mediation and arbitration in major life sciences markets in Asia, Europe and the United States of America. They will focus on issues such as cost, time and enforceability of court litigation as compared to procedures under the 2014 WIPO Expedited Arbitration, Arbitration and Mediation Rules.

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center set up a Working Group on Life Sciences Disputes to assess dispute resolution needs in life sciences and the appropriateness of mediation and arbitration to meet these needs. The results of the Working Group will be presented to offer guidance for life sciences dispute resolution strategies.

The Conference is organized by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, the University of Basel, Law Faculty, and supported by the Association of the Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies in Switzerland (Interpharma), BioValley Basel, the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) and UNION-IP (in alphabetical order).


The faculty for this Conference will consist of speakers from industry, law firms and the University of Basel.


The program will consist of sessions devoted to the following subjects:

  • Intellectual Property, Contracts and Disputes in Life Sciences
  • IP Litigation in Life Sciences – Costs, Duration and Enforceability
    Session 1 – BRIC countries, Japan and United States of America
    Session 2 – Europe: France, Germany, United Kingdom and the Unified Patent Court
  • Mediation and Arbitration of IP Disputes in Life Sciences – Costs, Duration and Enforceability
    Session 1 – WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Procedures and Cases
    Session 2 – Focus Mediation
    Session 3 – Focus Arbitration (International, Switzerland)
  • Presentation of the Results of the WIPO Working Group on Life Sciences Dispute Resolution and Panel Discussion

Full program


Who should attend?

The Conference is tailored for representatives from industry, lawyers, patent attorneys and trademark attorneys, IP managers, technology transfer professionals, universities, research institutes and public organizations involved in life sciences.

Venue Timetable Language  
Hotel Novotel Basel City
Grosspeterstrasse 12
4052 Basel
Friday, May 22, 2015 English  

Registration and Fee

Participation Registration Fee Cancellations How to apply
Participation in the conference will be limited to 120 persons CHF 380
CHF 300 (special rate for SMEs, Members of AIPPI, BioValley Basel, EIRMA, IFPMA, Interpharma, UNION-IP)
This fee includes conference materials, meals and drinks.
If registered participants are unable to attend the conference for any reason they may substitute someone else from the same organization by arrangement with the University of Basel, Law Faculty. The University of Basel, Law Faculty cannot offer a refund of the registration fee. Through the Registration Form

Contact Details

Ms. Sigrid Hoffmann
Prof. Dr. iur. Dipl.-Biol. Herbert Zech
Professor of Life Sciences and IP Law
University of Basel, Law Faculty
Peter Merian-Weg 8
P.O. Box
CH-4002 Basel
E zlsr-ius@unibas.ch