William Kirtley, partner at the international arbitration law firm Dugué & Kirtley, discusses intellectual property arbitration and mediation, in this webinar moderated by Dr. Roya Ghafele of Oxford.
While the filing of patents, trademarks or design rights at the international level is by and large an uncomplicated and simple matter, thanks to swift and uncomplicated procedures provided by WIPO, international enforcement remains a complicated and costly matter.
Unsurprisingly, the international IP system has been frequently quoted as lacking teeth as it leaves IP owners with the choice to either claim their rights in a multitude of different jurisdictions, different languages and legal cultures or to abandon enforcement all together.
While right holders cannot expect a quick fix of a half-hearted realized international IP system, intellectual property arbitration and mediation emerges as a potential solution. William Kirtley discusses the opportunities and limitations of using international arbitration and mediation as a strategy to overcome existing shortcomings of the international IP system.