ADR web

The importance of mediation and arbitration in resolving high-stakes intellectual property disputes is often overlooked. Join this two-hour CLE program, which features experienced speakers from government, international organisations, and industry, to gain insights on the following topics:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a viable alternative in IP disputes
  • Understanding how IP-ADR works in Asia, Europe, and the United States
  • Standard Essential Patents: ADR as an alternative to national forum grabs
  • The role of international IP organisations and national IP offices in ADR
  • Trademarks and ADR: What brand owners need to know

Welcome Speech by

Rena Lee

Mrs Rena Lee
Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore


Mr Daryl Lim
Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property (IP), Information & Privacy Law at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

Heike Wollgast

Ms Heike Wollgast
Head, IP Disputes Section, WIPO Arbitration & Mediation Center



Moderator: Mr Daryl Lim
Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property (IP), Information & Privacy Law at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

Chiara Accornero

Ms Chiara Accornero
Legal Officer, IP Disputes Section, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

James Holderman

Hon. James Holderman (ret.)
Mediator & Arbitrator, 

David Perkins

Mr David Perkins
Mediator & Arbitrator, JAMS

Marco Tong

Mr Marco Tong
Deputy Chief IP Officer and Chief Licensing Officer, ZTE Corporation

Sandy Widjaja

Ms Sandy Widjaja
Senior Legal Counsel, Hearings and Mediation, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Panelists' Profiles

More about Mr Daryl Lim

Mr Daryl Lim is Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property (IP), Information & Privacy Law at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. The IP Center is a founding IP institution in the United States and is consistently ranked as offering one of the premier IP programs in the country.

Professor Lim is an award-winning author, observer, and commentator of global trends in IP and competition policy and how they influence and are influenced by law, technology, economics, and politics. Thompson Routers (West) selected two of his articles as the best IP articles of the year. He has also contributed to practitioner-focused publications for the American Bar Association, IPWatchdog, IP Watch, and IP Magazine. Legal publications, specialty blogs such as Patently-O, as well as mainstream media sources such as Forbes, Slate, The Daily Journal, RealClearPolicy, and USA Today featured his views on current IP developments.

The Provost appointed him to serve on the University's Promotion and Tenure Committee term from 2020 to 2023, one of nine faculty chosen at the university level. The Provost also selected him to participate in the Faculty-Administrator Leadership Program from 2020 – 2022. The George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law Center for the Protection IP awarded him the Thomas Edison Fellowship in 2019. The Emily C. and John E. Hansen IP Institute at Fordham University School of Law awarded him the Microsoft Professorial Fellowship in 2018.  

More about Ms Chiara Accornero

Ms Chiara Accornero, a national of Italy, holds a Master of Laws from the University of Turin and a Certificate in Transnational Law from the University of Geneva. Before joining the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva in 2016, she worked in a Turin-based law firm in the areas of intellectual property and contract law. Ms Chiara was the Center's representative at Maxwell Chambers in Singapore from 2017 until mid-2021.

More about Hon. James Holderman

Former U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Holderman joined JAMS in June 2015 after serving for 30 years on the federal bench in Chicago.  During his judicial career, Judge Holderman resolved more than 10,000 cases in all areas of federal jurisdiction. He conducted hundreds of successful pretrial mediation conferences and hundreds of trials. 

Judge Holderman is a nationally recognised expert in the area of intellectual property, particularly patent and trademark law.  He is a member of the Federal Circuit Advisory Committee.  Judge Holderman is widely respected for his work ethic, his legal knowledge, his wealth of experience, and the practical way he approaches resolving disputes in the best interests of all concerned.  His JAMS practice focuses primarily on mediation and neutral evaluation of intellectual property matters, as well as other federal court, complex, multi-party, and class action disputes. Since joining JAMS, he has successfully mediated and resolved multiple patent, trademark and trade secret cases, as well as multiple class actions and other cases pending in federal courts across the country.

More about Mr David Perkins

Mr David Perkins has over 40 years of experience in intellectual property, and prior to joining JAMS International focused his practice on multijurisdictional patent litigation, related contract disputes, as well as trade mark and antitrust issues. He has handled oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich and references to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg. He has also acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous arbitrations involving intellectual property rights.

Mr Perkins has served in major leadership positions in the intellectual property practice area at international law firms. He was a partner at Clifford Chance from 1975–2003 at which he headed its European and Hong Kong intellectual property litigation practice, and subsequently at Milbank Tweed’s London office 2003–2009 and Arnold & Porter’s London office 2010-2013. He is the author of many publications, articles, and conference papers on various aspects of intellectual property law disputes and is a frequent participant at international intellectual property conferences. He was a member of the UK Government’s Intellectual Property Advisory Committee. He was a Council Member of the Intellectual Property Institute (IPI) and before it the Common Law Institute of Intellectual Property (CLIP); a founding member of The Intellectual Property Lawyers Organizations (TIPLO); an Executive Committee Member of UNION-IP and a member of the Advisory Board of the Munich IPDR (Intellectual Property Dispute) Forum.

Mr Perkins has served as a WIPO Mediator and Arbitrator since 1999 and an instructor at the WIPO Annual Arbitration Workshop since 2002. He also served as an Arbitration panellist with the LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration) and the HKIAC (Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre); and the SCC (the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce). He is a Panel member of the AAA/ICDR (American Arbitration Association/International Center for Dispute Resolution); SIAC (Singapore International Arbitration Centre) including its IP Panel; SIMI (Singapore International Mediation Institute); the AIAC (Asian International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur); MCN (The Mediation & Conciliation Network Dispute Resolution Experts Panel, India); ACIMA (Arbitration Centre at the Institute of Modern Arbitration in Russia); the InHouseCommunity, Hong Kong; the IP Panel of SCIA (Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration); PIAC (Pacific International Arbitration Centre); and the NAA (National Arbitration Association). Mr Perkins has also chaired an ICC Dispute Resolution Board and served as a sole arbitrator for the IFTA (Independent Film & Television Alliance, Los Angeles). He is a member of the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators).

More about Mr Marco Tong

Mr Tong Xin (Marco) is Deputy Chief IP Officer of ZTE Corporation, leading ZTE’s patent licensing, transaction and litigation teams. In 2016, Mr Tong was further appointed the General Manager of Shenzhen Inteq Technologies Co., Ltd, which is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation and acts as ZTE’s IP monetisation and consulting platform aiming to link China and foreign IP markets.

Mr Tong graduated from Nanjing University Law School and holds China Bar qualification. He uses Chinese and English as working languages. He is also ICC China IP Committee member and was nominated in 2020 IAM Strategy 300.

More about Ms Sandy Widjaja

Ms Widjaja joined the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) in 2009 and presently serves as hearing officer (Principal Assistant Registrar) and Senior Legal Counsel.

Prior to joining the Hearings & Mediation Department (HMD) in 2009, Ms Widjaja was working at a state department in Western Australia for two years dealing with legislation matters. Before that, she was also with IPOS, at the Registry of Trade Marks, handling registration of trade marks and the implementation of the Madrid Protocol. Now that she is in HMD, she has come back full circle. 

Ms Widjaja has spoken at various events and seminars, both international and national, including at the European Union Intellectual Property Office Intellectual Property (“IP”) Case Law Conference 2020 as well as the IP Academy of Singapore (the training arm of IPOS International).

Ms Widjaja holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the National University of Singapore and a Masters of Laws (LLM) from the University of Western Australia.


Webinar Programme

8:20 pm

Virtual Room Opens

8:40 pm

Welcome Speech by

  • Mrs Rena Lee, Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
  • Mr Daryl Lim, Professor of Law & Director of the Center for (IP), Information & Privacy Law, UIC Law
  • Ms Heike Wollgast, Head, IP Disputes Section, WIPO Arbitration & Mediation Center

9.00 pm

Panel Discussion

Mr Daryl Lim, Professor of Law & Director of the Center for (IP), Information & Privacy Law, UIC Law


  • Ms Chiara Accornero, Representative of the WIPO Arbitration & Mediation Center in Singapore, IP Disputes Section, WIPO Arbitration & Mediation Center
  • Hon. James Holderman (ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, JAMS
  • Mr David Perkins, Mediator & Arbitrator, JAMS
  • Mr Marco Tong, Deputy Chief IP Officer & Chief Licensing Officer, ZTE Corporation
  • Ms Sandy Widjaja, Senior Legal Counsel, Hearings & Mediation, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

11.00 pm

Closing Remarks & Virtual Reception

Organised by:

UIC Law (003)

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