Welcome to NIPC Mediation

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NIPC Mediation is a low cost dispute resolution service for intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment disputes. It is designed primarily for disputes involving individuals and small businesses. The service is intended to operate in conjunction with NIPC Arbitration which provides specialist low cost arbitration of such disputes.

Examples of the disputes that are ideally suited to mediation include those between

  • inventors

  • inventors and manufacturers, inventors, service providers and distributors

  • hardware and software suppliers and their customers

  • design right owners and applicants for licences of right

  • applicants for trade marks and opponents

  • licensors and licensees over royalty or licence fee payments

  • universities and entrepreneurs over Lambert (research collaboration) agreements, and

  • parties to a dispute before the courts or Intellectual Property Office.

Each of our mediators has relevant expertise either of intellectual property litigation, setting royalties and licence fees or Intellectual Property Office practice. If you have a dispute that you wish to refer to us, please complete and return our on-line form.

The company also provides training in resolving intellectual property disputes for accredited arbitrators, advocates and litigators and in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution for intellectual property practitioners, advocates and litigators. It also publishes on-line and printed materials on the resolution of intellectual property and technology disputes involving individuals, start-ups and other small businesses.