Mr. Erik Wilbers
Erik Wilbers, a national of The Netherlands (1958), is the Director of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland. The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center is an international provider of non-profit services for the out-of-court resolution of commercial disputes, in particular those arising out of technology and intellectual property transactions.
Following studies in The United States and The Netherlands, Mr. Wilbers was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Munich. Before joining WIPO in 1996, he practiced with the law firm of Clifford Chance in Amsterdam, was on the legal staff of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, and headed a division of the Compensation Commission of the United Nations Security Council.
At the WIPO Center, Mr. Wilbers oversees the Center’s provision of resources to intellectual property stakeholders to help them achieve time and cost effectiveness in dispute resolution. Reflecting the growing importance of intellectual property, the Center manages an increasing number of arbitration and mediation cases filed by parties from different jurisdictions. The Center’s role ranges from the provision of clause advice to the appointment of appropriate neutrals and the safeguarding of the efficiency of the proceedings. WIPO cases mostly concern contractual disputes (e.g. patent and software licenses, trademark coexistence agreements, distribution agreements for pharmaceutical products and research and development agreements), but also include non-contractual disputes, for example in relation to patent infringement.
Mr. Wilbers also oversees the management of Internet domain name cases filed with the WIPO Center and the creation of dispute policies in this area. He is involved in the development of on-line case systems and other methods aimed at increasing the efficiency of dispute resolution, and has written and spoken on a variety of legal subjects, including arbitration and intellectual property.