WIPO ADR is the abbreviation of the “World Intellectual Property Organisation Alternative Dispute Resolution”.
WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Based in Geneva, Switzerland was established in 1994 and now it also has a further office in Singapore since 2010. This office provides Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options for the resolution of international commercial disputes between private parties. It enable parties to settle their disputes out of court.
The arbitration, mediation and expert determination procedures offered by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center for cross-border dispute settlement are widely recognized as particularly appropriate for technology, entertainment and other disputes involving intellectual property.
A Party can file a case with WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center under the following rules:
- WIPO Arbitration Rules (Effective from June 1, 2014)
- WIPO Expedited Arbitration Rules (Effective from June 1, 2014)
- WIPO Mediation Rules (Effective from January 1, 2016)
- WIPO Expert Determination Rules (Effective from January 1, 2016)
The subject matter of these proceedings includes:
- Contractual disputes (e.g. patent and software licenses, trademark coexistence agreements, distribution agreements for pharmaceutical products and research and development agreements)
- Non-contractual disputes (e.g. patent infringement).
Selected areas of dispute include:
- Trademark rights
- Patent rights
- Industrial design rights
- Copyright and related rights
WIPO deals with international disputes between the parties from all around the world. Parties can file through WIPO Electronic Case Facility (ECAF).
WIPO ECAF is not available for cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), to which separate filing requirements apply.
The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center also provides the global domain name dispute resolution services under the WIPO-designed UDRP.
The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center provides Domain Name Dispute Resolution mechanisms to resolve internet domain name disputes, without the need for court litigation. Parties can file a Complaint with WIPO under Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) to seek remedy of their grievance.
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