Conference on IP Dispute Resolution in Life Sciences

organized by
WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and University of Bonn

supported by
Association of German Industry (BDI)
Association of the German Chemical Industry (VCI)
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

Bonn (Germany), Thursday, November 10, 2016


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 speakers will discuss their experience of court litigation, mediation and arbitration in major life sciences markets in Europe, the United States of America and the BRIC countries. They will focus on issues such as cost, time and enforceability of court litigation as compared to procedures under the WIPO Expedited Arbitration, Arbitration and Mediation Rules.


The faculty for this Conference will consist of speakers from industry, law firms and science institutions.


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

  • Contracts, Intellectual Property and Disputes in Life Sciences
  • Resolving Life Sciences Disputes – Court Litigation
    • Session 1 – Europe: the Unified Patent Court, France, Germany and UK
    • Session 2 – BRIC countries and United States of America
  • Resolving Life Sciences Disputes – Mediation and Arbitration
    • Session 1 – WIPO Mediation and Arbitration
    • Session 2 – Focus Mediation
    • Session 3 – Focus Arbitration
  • Roundtable - Best Practices in Life Sciences Dispute Resolution

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.

University of Bonn
Conference room: Festsaal (1st Floor) Am Hof 1
53113 Bonn
Thursday, November 10, 2016 English  

Registration and Fee

ParticipationRegistration FeeCancellationsHow to apply
Participation in the conference will be limited to 120 persons. EURO 230
EURO 190 (special rate for SMEs, Members of BDI,VCI, AIPPI, IFPMA and 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 Bonn, Law Faculty. The University of Bonn cannot offer a refund of the registration fee. Please register online

Contact Details

University of Bonn
Department of International Affairs
Sandra Scholl
Deputy Director, Department of International Affairs
Head of Unit, Unit 6.4 - European and International Networks
Germany - 53115 Bonn
Poppelsdorfer Allee 102
T +49 - 228 / 73-1966