Arbitration proceedings have gained significant importance as an alternative to state court litigation to resolve disputes also in the field of intellectual property rights. Arbitration courts are particularly suitable, for example, where the protection of confidentiality is crucial. This can be the case, inter alia, with respect to disputes over the contract interpretation of long-term licence or research and development agreements, or likewise in cases of (suspected) patent infringement or misuse of confidential information.
As alternative dispute resolution by means of arbitration offers more flexibility it should also be considered, potentially combined with pre- or intermediate mediation (amicable dispute resolution), in complex multi-jurisdictional matters.
Senior partner Professor Harte-Bavendamm has many years of experience as an arbitrator, chairman or party representative in both, institutional and ad-hoc arbitration proceedings and in a wide variety of industry sectors and areas of law. Our partner Dr. Andrea Jaeger-Lenz is active for many years now as a domain name panelist under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) administered by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center to resolve disputes concerning alleged abusive registration of domain names.