WIPO Conference: 10 Years UDRP – What’s Next?

WIPO logoOn Monday, October 12, 2009, the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Arbitration and Mediation Centre – internationally recognised as the leading institution in the resolution of domain name disputes – will host a Conference in Geneva, Switzerland to mark the tenth anniversary of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) at the initiative of, and with drafting and implementation assistance from WIPO, this quick and cost effective dispute resolution procedure has met with great demand. Since December 1999, the WIPO Centre has administered over 30,000 proceedings, of which over 15,000 under the UDRP or UDRP-related policies.

The UDRP applies to disputes in the generic top-level domains (gTLDs) (e.g., .com, .net , .org, .mobi), as well as an increasing number of country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). 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 Conference will seek to draw lessons from the UDRP experience of the WIPO Centre, panellists, parties, and other stakeholders, with a view to informing similar or other processes in the future of the Domain Name System and in the broader context of intellectual property. What are the defining features of the UDRP and how have these performed? Which of these would lend themselves to the resolution of other types of disputes in relation to the digital or physical world? What role is information technology playing in these processes? How have the fact patterns and decision principles evolved in the course of so many WIPO UDRP cases? What are the connections with dispute resolution processes under consideration for the approval and operation of new Top Level Domains, including post-delegation and expedited suspension mechanisms proposed by the WIPO Centre? Are there lessons to be learned for and from other alternative dispute resolution procedures, such as Arbitration, Mediation and Expert Determination?

The provisional Conference Programme is available at www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/workshops/2009/10yrs-udrp/program/.

Among the participants of this event will be numerous WIPO domain name panellists. The Conference should also be of interest to intellectual property counsel, UDRP and Domain Name System stakeholders, as well as authorities and individuals concerned with the implementation of dispute resolution mechanisms.

The faculty for this Conference will consist of prominent names in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and the Domain Name System, including a number of experienced WIPO UDRP panelists. Full profiles of the faculty will be made available at www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/workshops/2009/10yrs-udrp/profiles/index.html.

The conference will be held at WIPO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland and run from 9.00 to 18.00. A cocktail will be offered after the Conference  and the conference language will be English.

The conference will be limited to 250 persons and the conference fee will be CHF500.

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