IP Key SEA is supporting officials from the national IP offices of Southeast Asia to attend the EUIPO IP Mediation Conference in Alicante, Spain, on 30-31 May to learn more on mediation practices and developments. The SEA officials will also participate in a session on mediation communication and negotiation techniques which will precede the conference on 29 May.
Leading experts from national and international institutions, academia and from the EUIPO itself will address a wide range of topics, including global trends in IP mediation, mediation practices in the different fields of IP, IP court mediation, policies and mechanisms for domain name dispute resolutions, and the development and effective use of soft skills in resolving IP disputes, among others.
The IP officials attending from Southeast Asia will also take the opportunity to participate in bilateral meetings with EUIPO officials to discuss the sharing of best practices in priority areas and initiatives for further cooperation.
Mediation is a fast-growing discipline within IP and has become an important alternative for settling disputes. The EU Mediation Directive (2008/52/EC) aims to promote mediation, especially in the context of civil and commercial disputes, as a viable alternative for the more expeditious settlement of cases. A majority of IP-related cases resolved through mediation has proven its effectiveness in settling disputes and as a viable alternative to judicial proceedings.