WIPO ADR Mediation and Arbitration Cases Pass 700

Cases under the WIPO Mediation, Arbitration, and Expedited Arbitration Rules (WIPO Rules) recently passed the 700 total mark. Of late, these cases involved patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, patent exhaustion, co‑ownership of a patent, breach of contract, royalty payments, determination of copyright licensing terms, re-inclusion in a R&D consortium, removal of content from online platforms, specific performance, including withdrawal of a legal action, and trademark oppositions pending before an Intellectual Property Office.

In the current climate, parties and neutrals are increasingly using WIPO’s online tools in the conduct of their mediations and arbitrations under the WIPO Rules. In addition to advanced videoconferencing facilities, now some 30% of parties in WIPO arbitrations have opted to use WIPO eADR, a time- and cost-effective online case management tool developed and managed by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.

Sharing its experience in this area, the WIPO Center contributed to the development of a Protocol for Online Case Management in International Arbitration. On a related note, the WIPO Center was invited to be part of the steering committee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations, an initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of international arbitration proceedings.

WIPO Cybersquatting Case Filing Surges during COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have fueled an increase in cybercrime. This is also true for cybersquatting cases filed with the WIPO Center, which has clocked a steady increase as compared with the same period last year. Record numbers of cases are being filed with WIPO, including cases concerning COVID-19 related domain names. As the world works, shops, and gets its news online, business and consumer trust on the Internet has taken on a new importance. Now more than ever, the WIPO-created UDRP aids trademark holders in reclaiming infringing domain names from bad actors.

Webinars on WIPO ADR Services

Since the last edition of WIPO ADR Highlights, the WIPO Center has organized or participated in over 30 webinars, including over 6,000 attendees, with content tailored to ADR stakeholder areas of interest and in a range of languages, including Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Partnering institutions include private sector associations such as the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), and government bodies, including the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea (MCST). The WIPO Center also conducted a webinar with EURid, the domain name registry that operates the .EU top-level domain.

Information on past and upcoming WIPO Center webinars is available online; for many past webinars this includes recording.

New ADR Collaborations with IP Offices and National Courts

The WIPO Center continues to extend its network of collaborations with Intellectual Property Offices and National Courts to promote alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options for resolving IP disputes, including recent agreements with the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce of Colombia (SIC), the Supreme Court of Justice of Paraguay, and the Munich Regional Court in Germany.

WIPO-IPOS Mediation Free-of-Charge until August 31

To further encourage the use of mediation and to help parties lower barriers to resolving IP disputes under the present circumstances, the WIPO Center and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) are enabling parties to use WIPO Mediation in the context of IPOS proceedings at no charge. This special arrangement applies until August 31, 2020.

New Service: WIPO PROOF Provides Evidence of Intellectual Assets’ Existence

WIPO’s new online service, WIPO PROOF, provides tamper-proof evidence of the existence and possession at a point in time of any digital file or data, in any format. Among other benefits, WIPO PROOF can assist innovators and creators in potential disputes regarding their intellectual assets, including through WIPO Mediation, Arbitration, or Domain Name Dispute Resolution.

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WIPO Domain Name Resources General information Calculate your case fees WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions WIPO Legal Index of Decisions File and manage your case EVENTS   Upcoming Webinar: Mediation under the WIPO Rules (in French) (July 16, 2020) Webinar: How to Resolve Entertainment Disputes through WIPO Alternative Dispute Resolution Options (July 22, 2020) Webinar: IP Arbitration in a Digitally Enhanced World (July 22, 2020) Webinar: Mediation under the WIPO Rules (in Spanish) (July 23, 2020) Webinar: WIPO Mediation and Arbitration for FinTech Disputes (in Chinese) (August 19, 2020) Webinar: How WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Can Help You to Resolve Your Licensing Disputes (in Spanish) (September 10, 2020) Webinar: How WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Can Help You to Resolve Your Licensing Disputes (in Chinese) (September 16, 2020) Webinar: How WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Can Help You to Resolve Your Licensing Disputes (in French) (September 24, 2020) WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Precedent and Practice Recent Webinar: Mediation under the WIPO Rules (in Chinese) (July 15, 2020) Webinar: International Arbitration for IP Disputes (in Spanish) (July 15, 2020) Webinar: Resolving International Intellectual Property and Technology Disputes Outside of Courts: WIPO Mediation and Arbitration (in Japanese) (July 10, 2020) Webinar: WIPO-AIPPI Joint Webinar: Current Trends in WIPO Mediation and Arbitration for Intellectual Property and Technology Disputes (July 8, 2020) Webinar: Mediation and Arbitration for IP Disputes – The Experience of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, in collaboration with the Supreme Court of Justice of Paraguay (in Spanish) (June 30, 2020) Webinar: MCST-WIPO Mediation Promotion Scheme for Copyright- and Content-Related Disputes (in Korean) (June 24, 2020) Webinar: WIPO-FIDE Online Mediation and Online Mediating: Current Experiences for a Post-COVID-19 World (in Spanish) (June 22, 2020) Webinar: WIPO-DNDA: The Landscape of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms for Copyright Disputes (in Spanish) (June 18, 2020) Webinar: Guide to WIPO Services for the .EU ccTLD (June 18, 2020) Webinar: Mediation under the WIPO Rules (June 16, 2020) Webinar: Have You Considered WIPO’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Services for Collective Management-Related Disputes? (in French) (June 11, 2020) Webinar: SENADI-WIPO Webinar on Mediation and Arbitration of Intellectual Property and Technology Disputes (in Spanish) (June 9, 2020) Webinar: How to Draft Efficient Dispute Resolution Clauses for Your IP and Commercial Contracts (in Spanish) (June 4, 2020) Webinar: WIPO-LESI Webinar on Best Strategies in Mediation and Arbitration for IP and Licensing Disputes in South East Asia (June 4, 2020) Webinar: How to Draft Efficient Dispute Resolution Clauses for Your IP and Commercial Contracts (in Russian) (June 3, 2020) Webinar: How to Draft Efficient Dispute Resolution Clauses for Your IP and Commercial Contracts (in French) (May 28, 2020) Webinar: WIPO-ABPI Mediation and Arbitration of IP Disputes as an Alternative to Court Litigation (in Portuguese) (May 28, 2020) Webinar: Have You Considered WIPO’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Services for Collective Management-Related Disputes? (in Spanish) (May 21, 2020) Webinar: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Selected Intellectual Property Topics. WIPO ADR (in Spanish) (May 14, 2020) Webinar: How WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Can Help You Resolve Your Licensing Disputes (May 7, 2020) Webinar: Why Consider Mediation for IP- and Tech-Related Disputes? (in Russian) (April 28, 2020) Webinar: Innovate for a Green Future: Green Technology, IP Disputes & ADR (April 27, 2020) Webinar: Crisis Management: Key Strategic Decisions an Advantage in Technology Disputes; WIPO Mediation and Beyond (April 23, 2020) Webinar: How to Benefit from WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Options to Resolve Your FinTech Disputes (in Spanish) (April 16, 2020)

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