Although every effort is made to ensure that research contracts address all the potential areas an IP dispute might arise, the fact is disputes happen. Trying to settle them can be timely and costly. Although contract interpretation is a key skill for academic institution staff, getting to the heart of a dispute requires a different set of skills. Using a third party mediator can reduce the time and cost needed to settle a dispute by working with the parties to find a resolution and keeping disputes out of the courts.
This session will explore some scenarios when using a third party mediator is useful, and provide practical guidance on how to pick the right mediator for the dispute. Practical examples and a mediation checklist will be provided.