EUIPO offers a mediation service for inter partes proceedings, during the appeal proceedings (which shall be suspended), allowing the parties to reach an amicable settlement.
If mediation is held in Alicante it will be free of charge. However, In case mediation takes place in the Office premises in Brussels, a one-off fee of EUR 750 is charged to cover the traveling expenses of the EUIPO mediator.
The role of the mediator consists of assisting the parties in finding common grounds to settle their dispute.
Detailed documentation on all aspects of the mediation process can be accessed from this page by clicking on the links below
The Boards of Appeal of European Union Intellectual Property Office (BoA EUIPO) and the Shanghai Commercial Mediation Center (SCMC), the foremost neutral professional mediation organization in China, have cooperated intensively over the last two years with the aim of developing the Co-Mediation Mechanism on Intellectual Property. This Mechanism includes a series of documents - the International Commercial Co-Mediation Rules, the Co-Mediation Agreement, the Confidentiality Statement and the Statement of Co-Mediators. The International Co-Mediation Rules have been recently approved by both the BoA EUIPO and SCMC, together with all supporting documents and came into force on July 1, 2020. This mechanism provides an efficient and convenient way to settle disputes between enterprises in Europe and China in the field of intellectual property. In consideration of diverging cultural backgrounds, the Co-Mediation Mechanism emphasizes the standardization, confidentiality and neutrality of mediation, and fully reflects the broader, deeper and higher level of cooperation in the field of intellectual property dispute settlement between EU-China-based parties.