WIPO Launches Mediation Pledge for IP and Technology Disputes

The new Mediation Pledge for IP and Technology Disputes offered by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center aims to promote the use of mediation in order to help reduce the impact of disputes in innovation and creative processes – a benefit which mediation cases administered by WIPO have demonstrated in practice.

While the WIPO Pledge is not a binding commitment and does not create any rights or obligations, supporting it shows particular willingness to consider mediation in IP and technology disputes.

As WIPO Director General Francis Gurry observed: “As an informal out-of-court dispute resolution process, mediation has proven highly effective in assisting parties to settle IP and technology disputes. The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center’s experience shows that, in focusing the parties on their respective interests, mediation helps them to save time and costs and to get on with their business. The WIPO Mediation Pledge aims to increase awareness of the particular advantages that mediation brings for resolving IP and technology disputes.”

Adherence to the WIPO Pledge promotes two shared goals:

  • Increased consideration of the inclusion of mediation clauses in contracts, and
  • Increased consideration of using mediation in the absence of such prior clauses (including for non-contractual disputes).

Stakeholders interested in joining the WIPO Pledge are welcome to complete the Pledge form.

For further information, please contact the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center or visit its website.