Time for Change: Mediation and Arbitration as Tools in Defusing Intellectual Property and Technology Disputes

30 Nov 2021 - Tue / 1 day / 4:00pm - 5:00pm / Zoom

This webinar will explore how mediation works and some of the relevant and emerging issues in this exciting practice.

Organisers: Bar Council

CPD Points: 2
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An exclusive webinar jointly organised by the Bar Council Intellectual Property Committee and Bar Council Cyberlaw Committee, in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center

Mediation and arbitration provide numerous advantages in not only resolving intellectual property and technology disputes, but also in helping to prevent them in the first place. In recent years, we have seen such methods being embraced not only in the West, but also by our neighbours alike. With cross-border intellectual property (“IP”) and technology transactional disputes becoming more prevalent, it is time for us as advocates of the law to explore alternative resolution tools.

What will be covered?

Some of the considerations that will be explored in this webinar are:

  • Why arbitrate or mediate when you can litigate?
  • What are the cultural nuances which stand in the way?
  • Does it optimise revenue streams? And for whom: the client or the adviser?
  • Is mediating and arbitrating more client-centric?
  • What prevents clients or their advisers from agreeing to mediate or arbitrate?
  • Would a mixed mode of technique of dispute resolution be appreciated/appropriate?
  • Enforceability within the IP/technology field is paramount — how do we ensure that mediation provides workable solutions?

Who will be speaking?

The panel of experienced WIPO mediators, practising lawyers and in-house counsel who will share their experiences of using mediation and arbitration to resolve cross-border disputes, renegotiate collaborations, and prevent potential disputes are:

  • Ignacio de Castro, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, Switzerland
  • Jane Player, Independent Mediators Chambers, UK
  • Shanti Abraham, Shanti Abraham & Associates, Kuala Lumpur
  • Kuo-Liang Yeh, TCL Communication, China
  • Chiara Accornero, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, Switzerland
  • Joyce Tan, Joyce A. Tan & Partners LLC, Singapore

Moderated by Karen Abraham
Shearn Delamore & Co., Kuala Lumpur


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