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

Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 24 and 25, 2017


The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center’s domain name dispute resolution services give effect to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), adopted in 1999 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 the first UDRP case. Since then, trademark owners from around the world have filed some 37,000 cases with WIPO – the leading global provider. Together these WIPO cases have covered nearly 70,000 domain names.

The evolving nature of the Domain Name System (DNS) remains of significant relevance for trademark owners globally. With this evolution comes an increasing demand for domain name dispute resolution training. Notably with WIPO’s recent release of WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, third Edition (“WIPO Jurisprudential Overview 3.0”), WIPO’s Advanced Workshop focuses on UDRP case trends covering the most relevant substantive and procedural issues. The program also provides an update on other ICANN’s review of Rights Protection Mechanisms available in connection with the launch of new gTLDs, in addition to the proven UDRP.

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 DNS more generally. Participants should have a basic understanding of the DNS 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.


The faculty consists of experienced WIPO UDRP panelists, trademark counsel, and senior WIPO staff, and will include practical break-out sessions, followed by discussion between participants and instructors.



David H. Bernstein
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
New York


Tony Willoughby
IP Consultant
United Kingdom



Luca Barbero
Studio Barbero


Matthew Harris
Waterfront Solicitors LLP
United Kingdom


Stephanie Hartung
Schiedermair Rechtsanwälte
Frankfurt am Main


Andrew Lothian
Demys Limited
United Kingdom


Richard G. Lyon
Attorney and Dispute Resolution Professional


Bill Towns
Towns Dispute Resolution LLC

Full profiles of the faculty are available at https://www.wipo.int/amc/en/docs/dnprofiles2017.pdf.


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 3.0, the trends of UDRP decisions on the most relevant substantive and procedural issues
  • emerging challenges and procedural developments
  • developments in the DNS more generally, including the UDRP and URS experience

Using the WIPO Overview 3.0 and recent decisions as principal guides, the faculty will discuss selected topics with participants on the basis of UDRP cases. 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, Fair Use, 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.

All reasonable efforts will be made to assist participants in securing CLE credit. Participants are requested to indicate their preferred CLE or CPD jurisdiction(s) when registering. A Financial Aid Policy is available.

Program Information


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)



Registration and Fee


Participation in the Workshop is limited to 55 persons

Registration Fee

750 Swiss francs (includes material, coffee and lunches)


The registration fee paid to WIPO will be refunded only for cancellations received before October 13, 2017

How to apply

This event is near capacity; please email arbiter.meetings@wipo.int for more information

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

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