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

WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 13 and 14, 2009


The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center is internationally recognized as the leading institution in the resolution of Internet domain name disputes. Since December 1999, the Center has administered over 30,000 proceedings, of which over 15,000 under the WIPO-initiated Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). 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 evolving nature of the domain name registration system (DNS) is causing growing concern for trademark owners around the world, leading to a large number of UDRP cases filed with the Center, and an increasing demand for training in this area. The Workshop will pay particular attention to the numerous developments in relation to UDRP decision precedent.


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


bernstein   willoughby
David H. Bernstein
Debevoise & Plimpton
New York
  Tony Willoughby
Rouse Legal
United Kingdom


barbero donahey harris
Luca Barbero
Studio Barbero
Scott M. Donahey
Arbitrator and Mediator
Palo Alto
Matthew Harris
Waterfront Partnership Solicitors
United Kingdom
lyon towns bettink
Richard Lyon
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Bill Towns
Novak Druce & Quigg LLP
Wolter Wefers Bettink
Houthoff Buruma
the Netherlands

Full profiles of the faculty will be made available at https://www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/workshops/2009/domainname/profiles.html


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

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

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, Content of Website, “Sucks Cases”, Internationalized Domain Names, Privacy and other Registrar issues, Parking and Landing Pages, and Consent to Transfer.

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.

Practical information

Venue Timetable Language
WIPO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland The program will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first day and 9 a.m. to 4 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 50 persons 1,400 Swiss Francs. Please refer to the Registration form for a full schedule of fees The registration fee paid to WIPO will be refunded only for cancellations received before October 1, 2009 Through the Registration Form or online

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Contact Details

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
Tel: (41-22) 338 8247 - Fax: (41-22) 338 8337
E-mail: arbiter.meetings@wipo.int

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