The WIPO Workshop for Mediators in Intellectual Property Disputes is an intensive two-day training course in the techniques of mediation, emphasizing effective communication and increased understanding. The Workshop is based on lectures and simulated mediation exercises in the intellectual property field. Participants take active part in the exercises, which are carried out in small groups.

Participants will be expected to have a basic understanding of intellectual property in general and mediation in particular. In this connection, reading material will be provided to registered participants ahead of the program. Proficiency in English is essential for participation.

The Workshop is designed for lawyers, business executives, patent and trademark attorneys and others wishing to familiarize themselves with the mediation process and to receive training as mediators. It provides an introduction to mediation in the intellectual property area, with focus on the appropriate role(s) of both parties and their lawyers in a mediation and on specific mediation techniques.

“Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center was established in 1994 to offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options, in particular arbitration and mediation, for the resolution of international commercial disputes between private parties. Developed by leading experts in cross-border dispute settlement, the procedures offered by the Center are widely recognized as particularly appropriate for technology, entertainment and other disputes involving intellectual property.”

The workshop will take place in Geneva May 30th and 31st.