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IEEE and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Sign Letter of Intent

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 15 December 2015 – IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced that it has signed a letter of intent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations and global, intergovernmental forum for intellectual property (IP) policy, services, information and cooperation.

Through the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, established in 1994, WIPO offers alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures services for the resolution of IP-related disputes on a not-for-profit basis.

“WIPO collaborates with a range of relevant organizations around the world to optimize tailor-made dispute resolution,” said Erik Wilbers, director of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. “Through this new letter of intent, we now highlight these services to patent holders and implementers across stakeholders spanning global markets and technology sectors.”

Information about the services and procedures of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center is available at wipo.int/amc/en. WIPO ADR options for fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) disputes are explained in more detail at wipo.int/amc/en/center/specific-sectors/ict/frand.

“The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) continually strives to improve the governance of inclusion of patented technologies in our standards, and we do this across the entire lifecycle of standards-related patents. We were the first to sign a memorandum with a patent office (with the European Patent Office in 2009) aiming at improving the quality of granted patents, by making available standards-related pertinent prior art. In March 2015, we updated our patent policy to clarify some important rules and increase predictability for all involved parties,” said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director, IEEE-SA. “We see WIPO’s proven ADR procedures as a valuable addition to these services and toolsets that the IEEE-SA makes available to our ecosystem participants on a voluntary basis.”

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