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.