More and more arbitration and mediation in intellectual property

The number of appeals to the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center is increasing, whether intellectual property disputes or cybersquatting complaints.

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (World Intellectual Property Organisation) has just released some figures: in 2018, it administered more than 3,000 cybersquatting disputes and 60 procedures of mediation and arbitration in intellectual property matters.

The 3,447 complaints for cybersquatting represent 12% more than the previous year and concern disputes coming from 109 countries relating to domain names by trademark owners in reaction to the proliferation of websites designed to sell counterfeits, for phishing or for other trademark infringements on line.

As regards the mediation and arbitration of intellectual property disputes, the Center administered a procedure in 60 disputes, which is a 15% increase compared with the previous year, and responded to 95 good offices requests (procedural opinions to facilitate the submission of differences to mediation or to arbitration).
Patent related disputes are the most common, followed by disputes related to information and communication technologies (ICT), to trademarks and to copyright. In particular they relate to R&D agreements, licence contracts, trademark coexistence agreements, distribution agreements, usage agreements, consortium agreements, etc.

The main users of the Center's services are primarily companies, large and small, then individuals, research institutes and universities, as well as copyright collective societies. 53% of the parties concerned are based in Europe.

For further information on the procedures for the extrajudicial settling of intellectual property disputes, see Techniline La médiation pour régler les litiges de propriété intellectuelle (in French and Dutch)

For more information on the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center : https://www.wipo.int