Arbitral institutions in the TMT sectors
Produced in partnership with CMS
Arbitral institutions in the TMT sectors

The following Arbitration practice note produced in partnership with CMS provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Arbitral institutions in the TMT sectors
  • The major arbitral institutions
  • Other specialised arbitral institutions
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Centre
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) and US Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA)
  • Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) Arbitration
  • Investment treaty arbitrations

The major arbitral institutions

The major arbitral institutions are accustomed to administering disputes in the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sectors.

According to the 2016 International Dispute Resolution Survey by Queen Mary University of London and Pinsent Masons—'Pre-empting and Resolving Technology, Media and Telecoms Disputes', the most used arbitral institutions are the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) by a vast majority (with 64% of the respondents using it on TMT disputes in the previous five years), followed by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (38%), particularly for IP disputes, and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) (29%).

Judicial, Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS), based in the US and with an office in London, is a well-recognised arbitral institution with panels of arbitrators and mediators who are accustomed to administering disputes in the TMT sector. JAMS offers services across a number of sectors including IP (often involving disputes in the telecoms, technology, medical device and pharmaceutical sectors), entertainment (often on film and television contracts, clearance rights, talent agreements, interactive media and gaming agreements) and sport and media law (including contract disputes, copyright, privacy rights, defamation and product placement). In 2018, JAMS partnered with the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration to create a panel to solve disputes between US and Chinese companies, thus increasing its roster of specialised panellists.

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