Arbitration: Resolving licensing and intellectual property disputes

08 March 2018

08.30 - 12.45

Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP

The protection of intellectual property rights across the globe is not an easy task. Cross-border IP litigation has led to some of the most contentiously fought disputes in courts around the world, many of which last for years and result in significant legal costs. A number of jurisdictions have recently taken steps to promote arbitration as an alternative means of resolving IP disputes.

In this event Bird & Bird have joined up with WIPO Arbitration & Mediation Center and we will be linking up via video with 3 of the key global arbitration hubs of London, Singapore and Hong Kong to discuss how arbitration is being increasingly used to resolve complex IP disputes.

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The programme

08:30 - 09:00

  • Arrival and refreshments

09:00 - 09:45

  • Why arbitrate?

    What exactly is arbitration and who uses it? How does it differ from litigation? Why is arbitration regarded by many businesses as their preferred from of dispute resolution? Is arbitration the same all around the world?

    This session will explain the fundamentals of what arbitration is and why it offers disputing parties a whole range of benefits, particularly in disputes involving international or cross-border elements. It also explains why arbitration is well suited for businesses in various sectors and industries, including IP, technology and telecommunications.

    • Jonathan Choo, Partner, Bird & Bird ATMD

09:45 - 10:30

  • Arbitration: Solving the Smartphone wars

    The Smartphone Wars resulted from new adopters of wireless technologies displacing the traditional mobile phone companies. Some were unable to agree global SEP portfolio licences. With courts unable to address portfolio disputes, patent owners sued patent by patent, and country by country. This became the Smartphone Wars. With IoT and 5G, some fear that the latest influx of new adopters of wireless technologies will result in a further increase in patent litigation: Smartphone Wars II. But the conditions that created the last increase in litigation don't exist today. Arbitration of global portfolio royalty rates has been successful. Will arbitration become the answer to the Smartphone Wars?

    • Richard Vary, Partner, Bird & Bird
    • Garreth Wong, Partner, Bird & Bird

10:30 - 10:45

  • Refreshment break

10:45 - 11:30

  • Industry Panel: Client perspectives on IP arbitration
    • Clemens Heusch, Head of European Litigation, Nokia Group
    • Vandita Chandrani, Senior Patent Counsel, P&G
    • Garreth Wong (moderator), Partner, Bird & Bird

11:30 - 12:00

  • Q&A session

12:00 - 12:45

  • Light lunch