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

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


The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center’s domain name dispute resolution services give 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 trademark owners with an administrative mechanism (outside of the courts) for expedient and cost-effective resolution of “cybersquatting” disputes arising out of the bad-faith registration and use of domain names corresponding to their trademarks. The UDRP applies to disputes in 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 to the trademark owner. In December 1999, the WIPO Center received its first UDRP case. Since then, trademark owners from around the world have filed over 29,000 cases with WIPO – the leading global provider. Together these cases have covered over 54,000 domain names.

The evolving nature of the Domain Name System is of growing relevance for trademark owners globally. With this evolution comes an increasing demand for domain name dispute resolution training. WIPO’s Advanced Workshop focuses on UDRP case trends covering the most relevant substantive and procedural issues. The Workshop also provides an overview of the various new ICANN Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) available in connection with the launch of new gTLDs.

Who Should Attend

The target audience for this Workshop includes trademark practitioners and potential filing parties, namely trademark owners and domain name registrants. Registrars and ccTLD administrators also attend the Workshop to increase their knowledge of both UDRP decisions and case administration processes, as well as current issues in the Domain Name System more generally. Participants should have a basic understanding of the Domain Name System in general and of the UDRP in particular. To maximize the benefit of the Workshop for all participants, course materials will be provided, and should be consulted, ahead of the program.


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

Presentation Faculty


David H. Bernstein
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
New York, NY,


Tony Willoughby
IP Consultant
United Kingdom


Breakout Faculty


Luca Barbero
Studio Barbero


Brigitte Joppich


Matthew Harris
Solicitors LLP
United Kingdom


Andrew D. S. Lothian
Demys Limited
United Kingdom


Richard G. Lyon
Attorney and Dispute Resolution Professional
Bozeman, MT, USA


Bill Towns
Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP
Houston, TX, USA

Full profiles of the Workshop faculty are available at: www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/workshops/2014/domainname/profiles


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

  • 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 recent decisions as principal guides, the faculty will discuss selected topics with participants using UDRP case scenarios. Examples include: Geographical Scope and Timing of Trademark Rights, 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 Requirement, the Role of Precedent, Laches, Consolidation, Panel (Procedural) Orders, Supplemental Filings, Language of Proceedings, and Reverse Domain Name Hijacking.

Certificate of Participation (including for CLE/CPD)

All participants who complete the program will be awarded a Certificate of Participation. Participants who apply for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit will receive a special certificate. Participants are requested to indicate their CLE or CPD jurisdiction when registering.

Program Information


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.





Registration and Fee


Participation in the Workshop is limited to 60 persons

Registration Fee

1,400 Swiss francs (includes lunch both days)


The registration fee will be refunded only for cancellations received by WIPO before November 20, 2014

How to apply

Please send an e-mail indicating your interest to arbiter.meetings@wipo.int

Hotel Accommodation and Other Useful Information

Information is available at: www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/practical-information

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
E arbiter.meetings@wipo.int
W www.wipo.int/amc

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