Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Increasingly, companies are licensing their intellectual property rights for use by foreign companies in countries other than those in which the rights were created. Should disputes concerning the license agreements arise, the parties require a neutral forum in which such disputes can be resolved. The traditional neutral forum for international commercial disputes is international arbitration.

Unfortunately, the recognition and enforcement of arbitral agreements and arbitral award varies from country to country. This Paper surveys of Asian and Pacific legal systems to underscore the differences in treatment throughout the region. A working knowledge of how a particular country views the arbitrability and enforceability of intellectual property disputes necessary before agreeing to conduct an arbitration in any particular country, and consideration of the laws of any nation in which enforcement might be sought is also extremely important.