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SVAMC is a nonprofit that serves the global technology sector by offering complimentary resources on business-practical dispute resolution. SVAMC works with leading technology companies, law firms, ADR institutions, and universities in Silicon Valley, and around the globe, to provide educational programming and related resources regarding the effective and efficient resolution of technology-related disputes. About SVAMC →

December 2016

As we approach the end of 2016, we would like to thank all our members, volunteers and other supporters for their enthusiastic commitment to SVAMC! We have continued to grow - expanding our reach and bringing increased awareness of the benefits of efficient tech dispute resolution to the global tech sector. With our growing membership, capable team, and deep ties to leading corporations and institutions, there are many exciting things happening, and we look forward to a productive and prosperous 2017 for all!

Highlights From the 2016 International Dispute Resolution Survey
 Be sure to read the highlights of this international survey on business practices, including the use of ADR, for resolving technology, media and telecoms (TMT) disputes. Read the highlights here
Blog Post
Need for Specialized Tech Neutrals Recognized
Benefits of Tech ADR Becoming Obvious

Click here to read the full blog post by Chris Compton

Upcoming Events
Dispute Resolution Committee Webinar
Private Dispute Resolution in International Technology Agreements; Best Practices and Considerations for Drafting ADR Clauses in Technology Agreements
Learn More & Register

AAA-ICC-ICSID Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration

December 9, 2016
Paris, France

Learn More & Register

Save the Date
Innovative Approaches to Patent Arbitration: Lessons from the Trenches
Sponsored by CIArb, SVAMC and NYIAC – live from Palo Alto, San Francisco, New York and Geneva
– March 2016 

Stay tuned for more details
Be sure to check SVAMC's "Events" page for the full list
The 2017 Tech List is Coming
Stay tuned for an announcement in January on 2017 Tech List Appointees
SVAMC Builds its Team
SVAMC is growing! We strengthened our operations and marketing teams. Operations are headed by our new Executive Director Donna Passons and Assistant Executive Director Bill Seward and Marketing is headed by our new Marketing & Social Media Specialist Aubrie Aviña.
Save the Date
Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Tech Dispute Resolution Conference | 2017
Coming to New York
– Fall 2017 

More info. coming soon

News You Can Use

5 Takeaways from SVAMC's Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Conference

Brought to you by Jim Grossman
  1. Court judgments are not valid in foreign countries – but arbitration awards are globally enforceable.
  2. International arbitration allows for neutral, flexible, final and private decision making.
  3. In-house counsel have a critical role to play in arbitration.
  4. Quality arbitral institutions should administer cases.
  5. Drafting the right arbitration clause language is important.
To read the expanded text for each of these takeaways, click here →
SVAMC has compiled 59 different program topics, which have been put together and presented by our highly esteemed membership base. These programs may be presented to businesses, law firms, and universities regarding the use of arbitration and mediation as business-practical alternatives for the resolution of technology disputes. 

While there are 7 focus areas in total, we'd like to highlight the following presentations from the "Planning for Technology Arbitration & Mediation" subtopic. To arrange for the presentation of a program listed below, please contact the speaker.
1. A General Counsel’s View of Technology Dispute Resolution

2. Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation Clause Drafting for Technology Companies

3. Dispute Resolution for the Next Generation of Technology Companies

4. Dynamic Dispute Resolution as a Tech Business Process – Solving Problems Before They Arise

5. How Counsel Might Address Limited Appeal Rights in Arbitration

6. No Negotiation – Early Neutral Evaluation for Tech and Telecom Disputes
7. Technology Arbitration: Faster, Smarter, Cheaper Ways to Resolve Technology Disputes

8. The Use of “Standby” Arbitrators and Mediators in Long Term, Big Expense Projects

9. Useful Tips On Effective Mediation of Technology Disputes

10. Useful Types of Agreements the Combatants Should Consider Negotiating After a Technology Dispute Arises

11. Using Tech Savvy Mediation To Settle Tech Company Disputes
Our program list continues to expand, if there is a topic you would like to learn more about, or if you are interested in submitting a presentation, please contact SVAMC Programs Committee Chair Les Schiefelbein.
SVAMC Programs

Spotlight on the Tech List

Despite the Silicon Valley aspect of our name, the SVAMC is a global organization. New York, a major international center of ADR, has given us 9 Tech List appointees! They are briefly profiled below with a link to each of their full bios. Take a minute to learn more about our New York representatives.

William Baker was once selected by Corporate America Legal Elite as “Best in Intellectual Property Litigation- New York.” More →

Theodore Cheng practices in general commercial litigation, intellectual property, and ADR with nearly 20 years of experience litigating a broad array of business disputes. More → 

Stephen Gilbert is a Fellow of and member of multiple prestigious legal institutions, and before practicing law as a computer programmer. More →

George Graff represented the American Bar Association as advisor to the drafting committee of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA), which establishes a nationwide legislative framework for licensing of software and electronic databases. More →

Thomas Halket has over 40 years’ domestic and international general corporate and commercial experience specializing in technology and intellectual property matters and the representation of high technology companies. More →

Sherman Kahn acts as an arbitrator and mediator representing clients in international and domestic proceedings presenting complex technical and commercial issues. More →

Peter Michaelson has arbitrated over 500 domestic and international disputes. He has mediated over 200 domestic and international disputes, including an international patent dispute concerning mechanical and electronic aeronautical technologies with approximately $600 Million at issue. More →

Steven Reisberg has been helping clients for more than 30 years to resolve complicated business disputes. Steven is a highly skilled trial lawyer, representing clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation, arbitrations, and intellectual property disputes. More →

William Tanenbaum was named “Lawyer of the Year in IT” in New York by Best Lawyers in America in 2013 and is a past President of the Technology Law Association. He has also been recognized as one of the Top 30 Information Technology Lawyers in the U.S., as an “IP Star,” as a “Life Sciences Star” and as one of the “CleanTech 100,” and is “Recommended in Licensing”. More →

2017 Tech List Appointees
to be announced in January

See which appointees are 
featured in our next 
"Spotlight on the Tech List"
From the SVAMC Chairman
SVAMC Friends and Colleagues, SVAMC has continued to make significant progress in 2016 on many fronts. More than ever before, the US and international technology sector has a sharp focus on efficient and effective technology dispute resolution and the merits of arbitration and mediation to resolve disputes. 

SVAMC itself has significantly increased recognition in the tech and ADR communities. Notably, we have built and continue to build strong relations with leading corporations, law firms, ADR institutions and universities in Silicon Valley, throughout the US and around the globe. We are an important bridge between the technology industry and ADR providers and, increasingly, parties, counsel and institutions are looking to SVAMC as the go-to resource on Tech ADR.

We look forward to sharing with you the announcement of the 2017 List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals, to further expanding Tech List appointments internationally and to growing our general membership base to include many new technology and ADR professionals who support our mission in promoting efficient technology dispute resolution.

My thanks to all of you who are already members or supporters and my invitation to all others to join us in 2017 to take part in innovative and creative thinking about tech ADR.

Thanks and best regards,
Gary L. Benton, FCIArb, FCCA
Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center
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