WIPO ccTLD Program Background

Following the letter from the Government of Australia and 19 of its other member Governments, WIPO launched the WIPO ccTLD Program on August 3, 2000.

The ccTLD Program was initiated by the transmission of a communication to the administrators of all ccTLDs in which WIPO offered its assistance in the areas concerned.

Since the transmission of this communication, the administrators of numerous ccTLDs have relied on WIPO’s advice for the purpose of managing intellectual property in their domains and  a number of ccTLDs have retained the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center as dispute resolution service provider. WIPO is now providing intellectual property advice to the administrators of ccTLDs on an ongoing basis.