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

WIPO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday and Thursday, October 14 and 15, 2020

Following a break in 2019 for the milestone 20-year UDRP Conference, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center will hold its Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15, 2020.

WIPO is the leading dispute resolution service provider under 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 Member States.

The UDRP provides brand owners with an administrative legal process for cost-effective and rapid resolution of disputes arising out of bad-faith third party registration and use of Internet domain names corresponding to their trademark rights.

The UDRP applies to disputes in all generic top-level domains (gTLDs), as well as a considerable number of country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). Since December 1999 when WIPO received its first UDRP case, trademark owners from around the world have filed over 46,000 WIPO cases covering over 85,000 domain names.

With record case filings in recent years – including an all-time record of nearly 3,700 UDRP cases filed with WIPO in 2019 – and an evolving Domain Name System now including over 1,200 new gTLDs, training in this area remains of particular relevance for trademark owners and their counsel. In addition to potential UDRP case parties, the Workshop also presents an opportunity for registration authorities and ccTLD administrators to increase their knowledge of UDRP operations.

WIPO’s one-of-a-kind UDRP Workshop will address key developments in UDRP decision precedent and procedure. The faculty consists of experienced WIPO UDRP panelists and trademark counsel, with support from senior WIPO staff. In addition to plenary sessions, the Workshop uses smaller break-out groups to facilitate practical discussions between participants and instructors.

WIPO is pleased to assist participants who wish to apply for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit for this event, including issuance of a special certificate for this purpose.

Space for this annual WIPO event is limited; if you wish to be informed once registration is open for this fee-based Workshop, please send an email to arbiter.meetings@wipo.int indicating your interest.

Further information including an agenda and registration modalities will be posted in due course.

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 338 8337