Provided dispute resolution services for three Internet providers, and two other industry associations.
Provided assistance and comments on intellectual property issues and dispute resolution to the various Internet organizations and others involved in the domain name system reform movement.
Organized and conducted a Mediation Workshop in cooperation with the International Wine Law Association.
Administered the Center’s first case under the WIPO Mediation Rules.
Promoted and developed cost-effective legal and technical means of dispute-resolution for international and, especially, multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Staff of the Center participated in three meetings organized under Program 06 (1) and Program 07 (2).
Supported missions by the WIPO Cooperation for Development Bureaus.
Advised counsel and parties on drafting dispute resolution clauses for IP contracts.
Continued development and maintenance of a neutrals database; expanded the database to include trademark and domain name expertise.
Represented and contributed papers and materials at 18 external conferences including:
-Conference on Internet for Lawyers (Tübingen, Germany);
-American Film Marketing Association (Los Angeles);
-Joint Conference on Intellectual Property Disputes (Cairo);
-Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Tokyo);
-ABA International Law Section (New York);
-International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) (Paris);
Increased awareness of the use of ADR to resolve intellectual property disputes, as shown by the increase in inquiries received from around the world.
Completed testing version of on-line dispute resolution system.
Trained 46 lawyers from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA, in the use of the on-line dispute resolution system.
Trained eight lawyers from Australia, France, Spain and the USA, as mediators in cooperation with the Wine Law Association.
Published WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Rules and other materials in Japanese.
Produced and published proceedings of the Biennial Conference of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI), hosted by WIPO in October 1997.
Received five invitations to design dispute resolution systems for domain name providers.
Began consultations with four industry groups to design dispute resolution systems in relation to industry associations, licensing schemes and fairs.
Received on average over 2,500 requests or hits per month on the Center web site from March to May 1998.