WIPO will offer an Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Precedent and Practice in Geneva,Switzerland, 3-4 November 2015.
The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center’s domain name dispute resolution services give effect to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), adopted in 1999 by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) at the recommendation of WIPO. The UDRP provides trademark owners with an administrative mechanism (outside of the courts) for expedient and cost-effective resolution of “cybersquatting” disputes arising out of the bad-faith registration and use of domain names corresponding to their trademarks. The UDRP applies to disputes in current and new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs), as well as an increasing number of country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs). The principal remedy available under the UDRP is the transfer of the domain name to the trademark owner. In December 1999, the WIPO Center received the first UDRP case. Since then, trademark owners from around the world have filed some 32,000 cases with WIPO – the leading global provider. Together these WIPO cases have covered nearly 60,000 domain names.
The evolving nature of the Domain Name System (DNS) is of growing relevance for trademark owners globally. With this evolution comes an increasing demand for domain name dispute resolution training. WIPO’s Advanced Workshop focuses on UDRP case trends covering the most relevant substantive and procedural issues. The program also provides an update on other ICANN Rights Protection Mechanisms available in connection with the launch of new gTLDs, in addition to the proven UDRP.
The target audience for this Workshop includes trademark practitioners and potential filing parties, namely trademark owners and domain name registrants. Registrars and ccTLD administrators also attend the Workshop to increase their knowledge of both UDRP decisions and case administration processes, as well as current issues in the DNS more generally. Participants should have a basic understanding of the DNS in general and of the UDRP in particular. To maximize the benefit of the Workshop for all participants, course materials will be provided, and should be consulted, ahead of the program.
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