Commercial Arbitrations: Private, But Not Always Secret

An advantage of commercial arbitration is that it is private.  The dispute is resolved in a private proceeding.  Unlike court, the public is not allowed in. Arbitrators must keep secrets Under the rules of most arbitral organizations and under ethics rules for arbitrators, the arbitrator must keep things confidential.  E.g., AAA Comm’l Rule 25 (“The … Continue reading Commercial Arbitrations: Private, But Not Always Secret

Arbitration, the PTAB, and the Supreme Court

In my book, Arbitrating Patent Disputes, A Practical Guide (ABA Books), one of the first issues I deal with is whether parties should agree to use arbitration to resolve disputes.  There are many good reasons to use arbitration to resolve patent disputes, including lower expense, faster resolution, ability to help pick the decision-maker, finality, privacy, … Continue reading Arbitration, the PTAB, and the Supreme Court

ABA’s 14th Annual Arbitration Training Institute: June, 2021

Please join us for the ABA’s Arbitration Training Institute – online! The faculty will be covering virtually all aspects of arbitration from the preliminary hearing, to the hearing, the award, and beyond – including online arbitration. Who Should Attend? ■Litigators wanting to better utilize arbitration ■Experienced and new arbitrators seeking better understanding of recent developments … Continue reading ABA’s 14th Annual Arbitration Training Institute: June, 2021

ABA House of Delegates Passes Resolution in Support of Commercial Arbitration

On February 22, the ABA House of Delegates passed Resolution 100 in support of arbitration of business-to-business (“b-to-b”) disputes.  This is an important recognition by the American Bar Association of the benefits and importance of arbitration to resolve these disputes.  It reads: RESOLVED, that the American Bar Association supports the use of arbitration of business-to-business … Continue reading ABA House of Delegates Passes Resolution in Support of Commercial Arbitration

SVAMC 2021 Tech List

Here is the latest from the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center. I am delighted to be included on the list again this year.  SVAMC Releases 2021 List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals The Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC), has released its highly anticipated 2021 List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals … Continue reading SVAMC 2021 Tech List

Arbitrating Patent Disputes: A Practical Guide

I generally post articles here with some regularity. During the holiday season, though, I thought I’d take a break and just point you to a book I wrote dealing with arbitration issues. It’s the equivalent to at least 22 articles and is, in fact, based on a series of articles I wrote for this blog … Continue reading Arbitrating Patent Disputes: A Practical Guide

Mediation in the Technology and Patent Case Program

I recently mentioned an online program I was privileged to be part of, Mediation in Patent and Technology Cases, presented by Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center and Stanford Law School. The program was recorded and is now available online. My co-presenters are highly skilled mediators and educators. They are: -Janet Martinez, Director Gould Negotiation … Continue reading Mediation in the Technology and Patent Case Program

The Case of the Impartial Joke

Humor often helps make stressful situations bearable.  And arbitration hearings can be stressful.  I’ve seen many arbitrators use humor to defuse tension and just make life a little more enjoyable for everyone involved.  I’ve even tried it myself.  Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.   But sometimes the joke isn’t taken the right way. Or … Continue reading The Case of the Impartial Joke

Two session course on tech/patent mediation now online

I had the pleasure of being on the panel of a two segment course on mediating tech and patent disputes. The online course was sponsored by the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center in cooperation with Stanford Law School. A recording of the course is now available online. Here is the course description: On August … Continue reading Two session course on tech/patent mediation now online