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Mediation and Arbitration for IP and Technology Disputes

The efficient use of intellectual property (IP) is of growing importance to successful business. However, disputes can interfere with IP rights, and can, at times, even sterilize the basic assets of an enterprise.

Although an IP dispute can be resolved through court litigation, that route can be prohibitively expensive and time-consuming, especially in an international setting. Businesses are, with increasing frequency, submitting disputes to mediation, arbitration or other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures.

Advantages of ADR:

  1. ADR can empower the parties by enhancing their control over the dispute resolution process.
  2. If well managed, ADR can save time and money, and can be conducted entirely online.
  3. Parties can select a mediator or arbitrator(s) with subject matter expertise.
  4. ADR's confidential and consensual nature often results in a less adversarial process, allowing the parties to begin, continue, or enhance profitable business relationships with each other.

WIPO ADR services have been used by parties from more than 70 countries. Frequent users include multinational companies, SMEs, universities and R&D centers, and collecting societies. SMEs represent over 40% of the parties involved in WIPO mediations and arbitrations, and the WIPO Center provides complimentary procedural assistance as well as reduced fees for SMEs.

What the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center can offer

Efficient services

Procedural advice

Case Administration

Online support

Cost savings

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WIPO Rules and Neutrals

WIPO Mediation, Arbitration, Expedited Arbitration and Expert Determination Rules are suitable for all commercial disputes. They also feature provisions to address specific needs in IP and technology disputes, such as on confidentiality and technical evidence. Parties can draw on an extensive database of local and international independent WIPO arbitrators, mediators and experts, skilled in all areas of IP and ADR.

Recommended WIPO ADR Clauses

Referral to WIPO dispute resolution procedures is consensual. To facilitate such agreement between the parties, we provide model contract clauses (for the submission of future disputes under a particular contract) and submission agreements (for existing disputes).