How much time after the Counter-Statement is filed do parties have to decide whether to submit the dispute to mediation?
Parties have one month from the receipt of the Notification to Registrar to decide whether to submit the dispute to mediation. Each party will complete and sign its own Notification to Registrar to inform the Registrar of its decision concerning the conduct of the dispute. Parties may wish to note that from the time the Counter-Statement is filed, the proceedings at IPOS are suspended to allow both parties to consider mediation as a viable alternative to resolving their dispute, without time pressure. Parties should note that they can still submit the dispute to mediation later on in the opposition as long as the Registrar has not issued his decision.
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