World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Precedent and Practice

WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday and Friday, December 4 and 5, 2014


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 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. In December 1999, the WIPO Center received its first case under the UDRP. To date, trademark owners from around the world have filed over 28,000 such cases with WIPO, covering over 53,000 domain names.

The evolving nature of the domain name registration system is of growing relevance for trademark owners around the world, with record levels of UDRP cases filed in recent years with the WIPO Center, and an increasing demand for training in this area. 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 Workshop also represents an opportunity for registrars and ccTLD administrators to increase their knowledge of UDRP decisions. The 2014 Workshop will also cover evolving developments in WIPO Center practices and resources, and provide an overview of new ICANN Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in connection with the launch of new top level domains.

The program will also provide an overview of new ICANN Rights Protection Mechanisms in connection with the launch of. This will include a brief summary of WIPO’s Legal Rights Objection (LRO) experience, and will also address the Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure.


Faculty for this Workshop will consist of experienced WIPO UDRP panelists with extensive domain name expertise, and senior legal staff of the WIPO Center.


bernstein   willoughby
David H. Bernstein
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
New York
  Tony Willoughby
IP Consultant
United Kingdom


barbero joppich harris
Luca Barbero
Studio Barbero
Brigitte Joppich
Matthew Harris
Solicitors LLP
United Kingdom
lothian lyon towns
Andrew D. S. Lothian
Demys Limited
United Kingdom
Richard G. Lyon
Attorney and Dispute Resolution Professional
Bill Towns
Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP

Full profiles of the faculty are available at


Through various presentations and exercises, participants in the Workshop will receive information on, inter alia:

  • the WIPO Center’s domain name dispute resolution services
  • the legal framework of the UDRP
  • building on the WIPO Overview 2.0, the trends of UDRP decisions on the most important substantive and procedural issues
  • emerging challenges and procedural developments
  • developments in the Domain Name System more generally, including future dispute resolution options

Using the WIPO Overview 2.0 and latest decisions as principal guides, the instructors will introduce selected topics and discuss these with the participants on the basis of UDRP case scenarios. Examples include Geographical Scope and Timing of Trademark, Unregistered Trademark Rights, Personal Names / Geographical Terms, Licensee Rights, Rights Among Corporate Entities, Confusing Similarity and Website Content, Gripe Sites, Internationalized Domain Names, Disclaimed or Design Elements in Trademarks, Privacy and other Registrar issues, Parking and Landing Pages, Willful Blindness, the Conjunctive Requirements, the Role of Precedent, Laches, Consolidation, Procedural Orders, Supplemental Filings, Language of Proceedings and Reverse Domain Name Hijacking.

Who Should Attend

The target audience for this Workshop includes practitioners who already have some experience with the UDRP through case filing or previous Workshops, as well as those who may become involved in UDRP proceedings. Registrars and ccTLD administrators may also take this opportunity to increase their knowledge of the UDRP process and current issues in the Domain Name System.

Participants will be expected to have a basic understanding of the domain name system in general and the UDRP process in particular. Course material will be provided ahead of the program. Proficiency in English is essential for participation.

Certificate of Participation (including for CLE/CPD)

All participants who complete the program will be awarded a certificate of participation. Those who have applied for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit will receive a special certificate to this effect.

Program Information

Venue Timetable Language  
WIPO Headquarters, Geneva
The program will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first day and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second. A cocktail will be offered on the first evening. English  

Registration and Fee

Participation Registration Fee Cancellations How to apply
Participation in the Workshop will be limited to 60 persons 1,400 Swiss francs (include material, coffee and lunches) The registration fee paid to WIPO will be refunded only for cancellations received before November 20, 2014 Through the Registration Form or online

Hotel Accommodation and Other Useful Information

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Contact Details

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
T +4122 338 8247
F +4122 740 8337

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