WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Practices and Precedents – October 2011

WIPO logoThe WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center plans to hold its annual Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution in Geneva (Switzerland) Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Further information on the program and registration modalities will be posted in the near future.

The WIPO Center’s domain name dispute resolution service gives effect to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) at the recommendation of WIPO. The UDRP provides holders of trademark rights with an administrative mechanism for the efficient resolution of disputes arising out of the bad-faith registration and use by third parties of Internet domain names corresponding to those trademark rights. The UDRP applies to disputes in the current and expected 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. In December 1999, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center received its first case under the UDRP. To date, trademark owners from around the world have filed over 19,000 such cases with the Center.

The Advanced Workshop will focus mainly on the trends of UDRP decisions with regard to the most important substantive and procedural issues. Thus, in addition to those wishing to gain insight into the UDRP mechanism, this Advanced Workshop is of particular interest to those who have been or who may become involved in UDRP proceedings. The 2011 Workshop will also cover evolving developments in WIPO Center practices and resources, as well as ICANN’s plans for the launch of new gTLDs, topics of interest to parties to a domain dispute as well as trademark holders generally. The Advanced Workshop also represents an opportunity for registrars and ccTLD administrators to increase their knowledge of UDRP decisions.

The faculty will consist of experienced WIPO UDRP panelists, a trademark in-house counsel and senior legal staff of the Center. The Workshop will include practical break-out sessions, followed by discussion between participants and instructors.

If you wish to be informed once further Domain Name Workshop information is available, please send an email to arbiter.meetings@wipo.int indicating your interest.

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