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WIPO Conference

As the UDRP turns 20: looking back, looking ahead

Organized by
WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

Geneva, October 21, 2019

WIPO Headquarters
Room A


08:15 – 09:00


09:00 – 09:15

Welcome message

Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization


Brian Beckham, Head, Internet Dispute Resolution Section
Erik Wilbers, Director, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

09:15 – 09:30

The UDRP in numbers Presentation

Gonzalo Bleda, Legal Officer, Internet Dispute Resolution Section
Ty Gray, Head, Laws and Treaties Database Section, WIPO Global Databases Division

09:30 – 10:15

Reviewing core substantive & procedural UDRP guideposts

*Andrew Lothian, Demys Limited
*Tony Willoughby, IP Consultant

10:15 – 10:30

Open Floor Discussion

10:30 – 10:50

The UDRP panelist’s experience

*Robert Badgley, Karbal Cohen Economou Silk & Dunne LLC
*Luca Barbero, Studio Barbero

10:50 – 11:10


11:10 – 11:45

A trademark owner’s enforcement perspective

Aimee Gessner, Senior Legal Counsel, BMW Group

11:45 – 12:10

Open Floor Discussion

12:10 – 12:30

The UDRP as a best practice: the ccTLD landscape

*Ingrida Kariņa-Bērziņa, COBALT Law
Charlotte Spencer, Legal Officer, Internet Dispute Resolution Section

12:30 – 13:30

LUNCH WIPO “NB” cafeteria

13:30 – 14:00

* * * Coffee * * *

14:00 – 14:40

The evolving DNS: from “.com” to keywords, domaining, and branded TLDs

Zak Muscovitch, General Counsel, Internet Commerce Association
*Georges Nahitchavansky, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Nick Wood, Com Laude

14:40 – 15:20

The UDRP’s ability to address evolving bad faith

*Warwick Rothnie, Barrister
*John Swinson, King & Wood Mallesons

15:20 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:30

The future of the UDRP

Moderated discussion

*David Bernstein, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Zak Muscovitch

16:30 – 17:00

IP dispute resolution models for platforms Presentation

*Andrew Christie, Melbourne Law School
*Larry Nodine, Ballard Spahr LLP

17:00 – 17:15

Partnerships and technology to fight abusive registrations

Marc Van Wesemael, CEO of EURid, the .EU registry

17:15 – 17:30

Open Floor Discussion


Concluding observations

Brian Beckham
Erik Wilbers


* denotes WIPO UDRP Panelist