On 28 September 2011, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the sidelines of the General Assembly of WIPO. Under this MoU, the collaboration between IPOS and WIPO includes the establishment of a joint dispute resolution procedure to facilitate the mediation of disputes involving intellectual property filed with IPOS. More specifically, the procedure envisages the mediation of such IP disputes under the WIPO Rules administered by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, through its office in Singapore. IPOS will be introducing this new procedure in January 2012.
This training workshop is specially tailored to provide a better understanding of how this new procedure and how the process of mediation under the WIPO Rules work. Participants can anticipate an engaging and interactive workshop with role playing that will help participants better appreciate the benefits that mediation offers as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for IP disputes. Through the workshop, participants will gain greater insights to the process of mediation and this will help participants better navigate the process in the role as legal adviser as well as in the role as the mediator in IP disputes.
This inaugural mediation workshop is specially tailored for lawyers and in-house counsel who assist their clients or organisations in IP filings with IPOS or who advise or represent their clients or organisations in IP disputes.