IFIA & WIPO Center Meeting Held in Geneva Fair
Mr. Leandro Toscano from WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center paid a visit to IFIA booth during Geneva International Invention Exhibition on April 12th to discuss the collaboration between IFIA and WIPO Center with regards to WIPO Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
It was agreed to organize a video conference during Silicon Valley International Invention Festival 2018 (SVIIF) in order to make the participants familiar with positive opportunities for dispute settlement instead of court litigation which is not time or cost efficient.
Mr. Toscano also welcomed the idea of organizing offline seminars or conferences alongside IFIA official events to raise awareness on how to submit a dispute to mediation.
He also provided some explanations regarding unilateral request for WIPO Mediation Option when no mediation agreement exists between the parties. To facilitate submission of such disputes to WIPO Mediation, a party may submit a unilateral Request for Mediation to the WIPO Center under the updated WIPO Mediation Rules effective since January 1, 2016. The WIPO Center may then assist the parties or, upon request, may appoint an external neutral to provide the required assistance.