Featured Events

Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center sponsors a number of ADR and Tech-related events each year. Our distinguished Tech List Appointees regularly speak at conferences, technology companies, symposiums, educational venues, and more.

You will also find other ADR, Tech, and educationally-relevant events listed below. If you have an event you would like featured here, or if you are interested in having a member of the Tech List speak at one of your events, please email info@svamc.org.

October 2017

October 3 - Save the Date!

Power and Pitfalls: Best Practices to Select the Right ADR Professional
An MCCA Pathways to Diversity Conference ADR Panel.

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October 4 - 10

CEDR Mediator Skills Training - London

CEDR Mediator skills training is a five-day program of comprehensive tuition and participation in effective dispute resolution where participants are trained in the skills needed for effective mediation of commercial disputes and assessed for CEDR Accreditation, internationally recognized as the standard of excellence.

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October 15-20

Fall 2017 Advanced Courses Program
Indian Wells, California, USA

Choose from 13 patent law courses, all updated for the most current information and taught by our experienced, friendly and knowledgeable faculty. For course descriptions, schedules, syllabi, and projected CLE credit, please visit the program Agenda.

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Tech List Appointees David Allgeyer and Harrie Samaras will be presenting this webinar course.

October 18-20

iTechLaw 2017 European Conference
Stockholm, Sweden

Listen to the industry’s leading technology lawyers speak on cutting edge issues and exchange ideas in lively debates. Gain practical insight into the latest developments in technology law that you can bring back to your practice.

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October 21 - 24

CPR & CEDR Advanced Mediation Skills Training

If you are an existing mediator and want a Fast Track to International Accreditation, then this course is for you. By receiving the international recognised CEDR accreditation at the end of the program, this course can help you market yourself to mediate international disputes. During 4 days, not only do you receive extensive coaching but also a detailed one-to-one personal feedback from senior practicing mediators.

4-day course

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October 24-25

WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Precedent and Practice
Geneva, Switzerland

The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) provides trademark owners with an administrative mechanism for cost-effective and rapid resolution of disputes arising out of bad faith third party registration and use of Internet domain names corresponding to their trademark rights. WIPO's UDRP Workshop will primarily address key developments in UDRP decision precedent and procedure. It will also include an overview of Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in connection with ICANN’s launch of new gTLDs.

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October 24 - 26

CEDR Mediator Skills Training - Paris

CEDR Mediator skills training is a five-day program of comprehensive tuition and participation in effective dispute resolution where participants are trained in the skills needed for effective mediation of commercial disputes and assessed for CEDR Accreditation, internationally recognized as the standard of excellence.

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October 26

Law Firm Roundtable
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
Palo Alto, CA, USA

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30pm the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (“SVAMC”) and CPR: International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, will be moderating a roundtable discussion on the current and optimal role of alternative dispute resolution in technology disputes; hosted by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, PC.

This roundtable will not be a lecture or presentation, but rather an informal but informed dialogue among a select group of litigators and corporate lawyers, whose clients do or might look to ADR as an effective vehicle to reduce the costs, risks and burdens of high-tech litigation.

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November 2017

November 2

The Evolving Use of International Arbitration and Mediation for Disputes in the Technology Sector
Stanford Law School
Room 190
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA, USA

Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center Young Professionals (SVAMC-YP) along with Stanford Law School and the American Arbitration Association, International Centre for Dispute Resolution Young, International (ICDR Y&I), and Sherman & Sterling LLP will sponsor a program at Stanford Law School on evening of Thursday, November 2.

International arbitration and mediation are evolving as leading dispute resolution methods to meet the needs of the technology sector and its role in a global marketplace comprised of international business partners, overseas manufacturing centers, and emerging opportunities undefined by national boundaries.

Join us for a topical discussion about why international arbitration and mediation aligns with the current needs of the global marketplace and how leading technology companies are using these dispute resolute mechanisms to mitigate against and resolve complex challenges.

PANEL ONE - Why international arbitration & mediation is appropriate for disputes in the technology sector
Moderator: Professor Janet Martinez, Stanford Law School
Gary Benton, Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center
Eric Chang, Chang Law
David Earnest, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Amy Endicott, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

PANEL TWO - The challenges facing in-house counsel in international technology disputes
Moderator: Lester Schiefelbein, Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution
Malissia Clinton, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, The Aerospace Corporation
Roger Kennedy, Associate General Counsel, Patents, The Walt Disney Company
Timothy Teter, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, NVIDIA

4:45 | Registration
5:15 | Opening Remarks
5:30 | Panel One
6:30 | Panel Two
7:30 | Reception

The seminar is free of charge but has limited capacity. CLICK HERE for the event flyer. RSVP HERE by Monday, October 30, 2017

November 5-7

15th ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration
Miami, FL, USA

ICC’s annual Miami conference is the key forum for understanding international commercial arbitration in Latin America. This conference provides an indispensable update on developments in the region and is the most important gathering for the Latin American arbitration community. Not only does it offer a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions and relevant news, but also an excellent opportunity to network. The conference attracts more than 600 participants representing about 40 countries.

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November 7

Practical Dispute Resolution With US Technology Companies
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre


Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre will sponsor a program at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre on the evening of Tuesday, November 7 and will include the following topics:

• What type of IP disputes go to courts v. arbitration or mediation
• Complexity of litigation in US Courts
• The US view of of courts and arbitration institutions in China/Hong Kong
• Discussion of how arbitration institutions handle technology disputes
• Practical guidance relating to technology contracts and disputes

Speakers include Gary Benton and Les Schiefelbein from SVAMC, Karen Law, from the Lan Kwai Fung Group, Matthew Au from the One Business Asia Group and Carrie Sang, Head of HKIAC ADR team will be the moderator.

The program begins at 5:30pm and will be followed by a cocktail reception. Admission is complementary.

Please check back here for registration details, as well as via HKIAC.

November 9

WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Workshop
Munich, Germany

For many companies, intellectual property has become an essential business asset as well as a means of creating value. It is being exploited on an increasingly international level in various forms of collaborative arrangements, such as licenses and technology transfer agreements and R&D agreements. As a consequence, parties increasingly look for dispute resolution mechanisms that match their business requirements: private procedures which provide efficient, flexible and less costly means of settling international disputes without disrupting commercial relationships.

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November 10

WIPO Workshop on ADR for FRAND Disputes
Munich, Germany

Technical standards increasingly incorporate technology covered by patent rights. Many standard-setting organizations (SSOs) require participants in the standard setting process to disclose ownership of any standard-essential patents (SEPs), and to commit to license such SEPs to any third party on terms that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND). If negotiation of FRAND licensing terms fails, arbitration and other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms allow consideration of a number of issues that may facilitate a time- and cost-efficient solution of the dispute.

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November 14

American University Washington College of Law Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration
Washington DC, USA

Spanning a diverse array of industries and practiced across varied legal systems, international commercial arbitration has wide-reaching implications as it helps to create the foundation in which international transactions can thrive. The Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration is organized biennially by the Center on International Commercial Arbitration with the purpose of presenting a global perspective of current developments in international arbitration throughout the world. The symposium hosts prominent speakers and generates a dialogue for salient issues in BIT and ICSID arbitration, as well as current developments in international commercial arbitration in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia.

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November 16 - 17

Fordham Law School International Arbitration and Mediation Conference
New York, USA


Join Fordham University School of Law for two engaging events with global leaders in the field of arbitration and mediation.

The Fordham Law School Dispute Resolution Society 10th Annual ADR Symposium - International Commercial Mediation: How Culture and Mediation Regulation are Affecting the Business and the Practice of Mediation
November 16, 2017

The Fordham Law School 12th Annual Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation - Facing the Future in International Arbitration: Evolving Issues, Practices and Solutions
November 17, 2017

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December 2017

December 1

37th Annual Meeting of the ICC Institute of World Business Law on “Expedited Procedures in International Arbitration”

More information coming soon.

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January 2018

January 17, 2018

Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Tech Dispute Resolution – An Open Forum with New York

Hosted by Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Association of Corporate Counsel and ITech Law.

January 17, 2018- Fordham Law School- Program begins at 10:30am

Join leading corporate counsel, litigators and dispute experts from across the tech field on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 for this interactive open forum. Panels will feature thought leaders in the fields of tech litigation and ADR covering the following discussion topics:

  • What’s Smarter, Faster, Cheaper – Litigation or Arbitration for Tech Company Disputes
  • ACC Corporate Counsel Roundtable – Creative Business Strategies for Avoiding and Resolving Tech Disputes (box lunch provided)
  • Spotlight on the Privacy Shield, Data Security and Data Breach
  • Strategic Planning for Tech Development, Licensing/Distribution, Outsourcing, and Copyright, Trade Secret and Patent Disputes
  • Key Strategies for Smarter, Faster, Cheaper International Tech Disputes


Additional program details and program registration will be available soon.