Training Seminar - Mediation in Disputes on R&D and Related Commercial Agreements

Organized by
the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KOWI)

Supported by ASTP-Proton

Brussels, Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, 2018


This training seminar will consist of an intensive two-day training course in the techniques of mediation. The seminar will be based on discussion groups and a simulated mediation case study in the intellectual property field. Participants will be expected to take active part in the exercises.

For many companies, universities and research entities, intellectual property has become an essential business asset as well as a means of creating value. It is being developed and exploited on an increasingly international level in various contractual relationships, such as research and development contracts, consortium agreements, licenses, manufacturing arrangements, purchase contracts, distributorships and joint ventures.

Where disputes arise in the context of such an existing contractual relationship, mediation offers a low-risk and cost-effective non-confrontational procedure for dispute resolution, which can assist to further develop the relationship.

As a consequence, parties increasingly look for mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism that matches their business requirements: a private procedure which provides efficient, flexible and less costly means of settling international disputes without disrupting research and commercial relationships. Model agreements, such as the DESCA model agreement, the IPAG model agreements or the Model Agreements of the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM) also include mediation (and arbitration) as dispute resolution option. To fully benefit from the advantages of mediation, parties often ensure that research and related commercial agreements are consistent in terms of outlining how disputes are to be resolved.

The training is organized by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KOWI), and supported by ASTP-Proton.


Faculty for this Training will consist of experts in international mediation, including exposure to intellectual property, research and development and technology issues.

  lang  reinhardt
Jon Lang
Independent Mediator
United Kingdom
Peter Moody
Red Pie Consulting
United Kingdom

Full faculty profiles.


The Program will consist of a number of sessions devoted to effective preparation for, and representation at mediation in the R&D and related fields, and will include a number of role-play segments to illustrate key learning points.

Topics will include:

  • Administered Mediation and Arbitration at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
  • Developing a strategy for mediation
  • Selection and appointment of the mediator
  • Effective representation at mediation
  • The role of the different actors at the mediation meeting
  • The mediation and its various stages
  • Concluding the mediation

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for lawyers, business executives, patent and trademark attorneys, technology transfer professionals and others wishing to familiarize themselves with the mediation process and its application in the area of research and development and related commercial transactions.

Program Information

Venue Timetable Language
European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KOWI)
Rue du Trône 98
1050 Brussels

Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, 2018

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. On Thursday, the training will be followed by a dinner for the participants.


Registration and Fee

Participation Registration Fee Cancellations How to apply
Participation in the Workshop will be limited to 25 persons 550 EURO
490 EURO (special rate for members of ASTP-Proton)
If registered participants are unable to attend the workshop for any reason they may substitute someone else from the same organization by arrangement with KOWI. KOWI cannot offer a refund of the registration fee. Please send the registration form by fax or e-mail to Ms. Christina Sprenger of KOWI (see below)

Contact Details

European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations
Ms. Christina Sprenger
Rue du Trône 98, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
T +32 (0)2 54802 11
F +32 (0)2 50275 33