On 28 July 2009, Mr. K Shanmugam, Minister for Law and Second Minister for Home Affairs signed an agreement with Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which paved the way for the establishment of the Singapore Office of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre (WIPO Centre). The centre will open in January 2010 and will be located at Maxwell Chambers – Singapore’s integrated international dispute resolution centre.

The centre will focus on promoting alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services in the Asia Pacific Region in particular for intellectual property disputes and is the first WIPO Centre outside WIPO's headquarters in Geneva.