(a) Program Established. A program for voluntary mediation is
established for cases arising under the Federal
Trademark Act of 1946, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1051-1127 (“the Lanham Act”).
(b) Procedures. The voluntary mediation program shall
follow the procedures approved by the Executive Committee. The procedures
outline the responsibilities of counsel and the parties in cases that are
eligible for the mediation program. Copies of the procedures may be obtained
from the clerk.
(c) Confidentiality. All mediation proceedings, including
any statement made by any party, attorney or other participant, shall, in all
respects, be privileged and not reported, recorded, placed in evidence, made
known to the trial court or jury, or construed for any purpose as an admission.
No party shall be bound by anything done or said at the conference unless a
settlement is reached, in which event the settlement shall be reduced to
writing and shall be binding upon all parties.