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

WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11 and 12, 2011


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 WIPO Center has administered over 36,000 proceedings, of which over 20,000 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 record levels of UDRP cases filed with the WIPO 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 and process, including the 2011-launched WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, Second Edition (WIPO Overview 2.0).



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
Spencer Crain Cubbage Healy & McNamara pllc
Bill Towns
Novak Druce & Quigg LLP
Wolter Wefers Bettink
Houthoff Buruma
the Netherlands

External Faculty

Aimee Gessner
BMW Group
Department of Trademarks, Designs, Intellectual Property Related Issues

Full profiles of the faculty are available here.


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
  • with focus 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 options

Using the WIPO Overview 2.0 as principal guide, 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, 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 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, Switzerland 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 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 September 26, 2011 If you wish to register for this event, please send an e-mail indicating your interest to arbiter.meetings@wipo.int

Hotel Accommodation and Other Useful Information

Information is available here.

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
T (41-22) 338 8247 - F (41-22) 338 8337
E arbiter.meetings@wipo.int
W https://www.wipo.int/amc/

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  • WIPO Workshop for Mediators in Intellectual Property Disputes
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