Facilitate alternative dispute resolution for PBR matters

At a glance

Policy ID: 57

Status: Completed

Priority: No priority assigned

Plant breeders rights ACIP

Issue summary

In its 2010 review of Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR) Enforcement, the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) recommended IP Australia work with other organisations to establish an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) resource, which extends its services to PBR. This would improve the options and provide a lower-cost approach for resolving PBR disputes other than litigation.

IP Australia proposes establishing a mediation referral service. The proposed service will provide a list of accredited ADR providers with expertise in a range of IP rights.


  • Completed 30 August 2017


IP Australia has launched an IP Mediation Referral Service and associated content on alternative dispute resolution, including remote access to WIPO's Arbitration and Mediation Center. These services will help parties to PBR disputes to access ADR, and provides a lower-cost alternative to litigation.

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