WIPO Mediation of R&D and Technology Transfer Disputes
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. The Workshop will focus on the conduct of mediation, including the online conduct of mediation, with a particular reference to the practical case application of the WIPO Mediation Rules in international IP and technology disputes.