Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution and may help you resolve an intellectual property dispute.
Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution which seeks to resolve intellectual property (IP) disputes without the need to go to court. The mediator’s role is not to make a decision on the dispute, but to help both parties reach an amicable solution.
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) offers a mediation service to parties involved in an IP-related dispute.
Benefits of mediation
There are many benefits to mediation such as:
quicker and cheaper than litigation - allowing you time to focus on your business and not be distracted by lengthy and costly litigation proceedings
high success rate - the large majority of mediations reach an agreement on the day and other disputes reach resolution as a direct result of the mediation process
confidential - whatever the outcome, it will remain private (preserving business reputations) unlike a court hearing which is open to the public
opportunities - mediation offers the opportunity to maintain existing commercial relationships, as well as the chance to forge new ones
The IPO’s mediation service
The IPO employs accredited mediators qualified to mediate matters relating to the full range of IP (patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, trade secrets, and related commercial matters).
The cost of the service is dependent on the type and length of session desired. The average session takes around 6 hours at a cost of £450 per party but the fullschedule is available.
The session can be held at the IPO’s Newport and London offices at no extra charge, or elsewhere in the UK at your discretion.
The service can help you resolve disputes related to:
- trade mark opposition
- technology/knowledge transfer between companies and/or Universities and Technology Transfer Offices
If your dispute type is not listed and you think mediation may be a good option for you, please contact the team at email@example.com who can advise further.
How to book a mediation session
If you wish to resolve your dispute via the IPO’s mediation service, you will first need agreement from the opposing party. You can do this yourself or via a legal representative if you have one.
You may wish to use these template documents to makeand if you do not get a response.
Once you have agreed to mediate, you should then contact the IPO at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- contact details for each party involved in the dispute (including yourself)
- a brief overview of the dispute
- an indication as to when you would like the mediation to take place
The mediation team will then liaise with all parties and the mediator to arrange a mutually convenient date, location and time. You will also receive confirmation of costs for your records.
Contact the team
If you have any questions about the service or would like to discuss your suitability for mediation, please contact the team using your preferred method below.
Telephone: 0300 300 2000
or write to:
Intellectual Property Office
Please note that you must accept liability for the transmission of any information you send us or ask to receive from us via e-mail.
Other mediation providers
There are many other individuals and organisations providing a mediation service to the public. Some have contacted the IPO to say they can mediate IP related disputes. The IPO has listed these providers along with information they have provided about their service(s).
It is not appropriate for us to recommend particular providers but you may wish to assess their suitability while choosing a mediation provider.