Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Silicon Valley Arbitrators and Mediators Center

On Friday, September 16, 2016 I had the privilege of attending an open forum with the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, entitled "Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Technology a Dispute Resolution Conference Open Forum with Silicon Valley".

The purpose of the forum was to engage in an interactive open forum to discuss intellectual property disputes, contract and licensing disputes, and the use of arbitration and mediation as smarter, faster and cheaper solutions. It concluded with a session on cross-border tech disputes discussing international arbitration and other strategies.

We were welcomed by Gary Benton, who is the founder and chairman of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, who introduced us to a day of impressive forum discussions on wide-ranging issues in the tech industry and the use of dispute resolution. Although some of the discussion was specific to the United States federal and state legislation, much of the procedure and the use of dispute resolution techniques would resonate for any practitioner. We had an impressive bench of in-house counsel, partners of law firms, some former judges and very experienced dispute resolution practitioners. There was a lively debate among the members of each forum and thoughtful contributions from the floor.

I had the honour to be invited to a dinner of the board of the centre subsequently, which was both entertaining and fascinating. Despite very diverse backgrounds, we all have a passion for the most effective dispute resolution for our clients. Different cultural approaches can bring medical new ideas to the way in which we try to resolve these issues, and I love the ability to share the different models.

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