The new Mediation Pledge for IP and Technology Disputes offered by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center aims to promote the use of mediation in order to help reduce the impact of disputes in innovation and creative processes – a benefit which mediation cases administered by WIPO have demonstrated in practice.
While the WIPO Pledge is not a binding commitment and does not create any rights or obligations, supporting it shows particular willingness to consider mediation in IP and technology disputes.
As WIPO Director General Francis Gurry observed: “As an informal out-of-court dispute resolution process, mediation has proven highly effective in assisting parties to settle IP and technology disputes. The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center’s experience shows that, in focusing the parties on their respective interests, mediation helps them to save time and costs and to get on with their business. The WIPO Mediation Pledge aims to increase awareness of the particular advantages that mediation brings for resolving IP and technology disputes.”
Adherence to the WIPO Pledge promotes two shared goals:
Stakeholders interested in joining the WIPO Pledge are welcome to complete the Pledge form.