WIPO: Workshop for Mediators

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is organizing a workshop for Mediators about Intellectual Property Disputes. The workshop will take place on May 22/23,  2014 in Geneva in Switzerland. Introduction into Mediation Intellectual Property is an essential basis for the success of companies. As a result, disputes between business partners often arise because of license, franchise, distributorship, research and development contracts or manufacturing arrangement. Therefore, parties are looking for new dispute resolution mechanisms which are cost- efficient, flexible and do not disturb commercial relationships too much. Some of the intellectual property disputes have features that favor the use of mediation. Mediation is a possibility of solving problems in a non-confrontational and establishes business relationship. Nowadays, many companies use mediation to solve their controversies. In several US states, e.g., mediation is a prerequisite before the parties may go to court. WIPO Workshop The WIPO workshop is intended for lawyers, business executives, patent and trademark attorneys, and others wishing to learn more about the mediation process and to receive training as mediators. All of them get an intensive two-day training course in mediation. They will learn different mediation techniques and be trained in effective communication in the intellectual property area. At the end, all participants will receive a certificate. If you want to read more about this topic go to the following link: http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/workshops/2014/mediation/