Normally held each fall, and postponed the last two years due to the global COVID pandemic, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) plans to hold its Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday and Thursday, October 12 and 13, 2022.
WIPO is the global leader in dispute resolution services 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.
The UDRP provides trademark owners with an administrative mechanism 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 trademark-based disputes in all generic top-level domains (gTLDs), and for many country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). Since December 1999 when the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) received the first UDRP case, trademark owners from around the world have filed over 57,000 cases with WIPO covering nearly 105,000 domain names.
With an all-time record number of UDRP cases filed with WIPO in 2022 (over 5,000 cases), and an evolving Domain Name System comprising over 1,200 new gTLDs, training in this area remains of particular relevance for trademark owners and their counsel.
In addition to potential UDRP filers, the Workshop also presents an opportunity for registrars and ccTLD administrators to increase their knowledge of UDRP processes.
This Workshop will address key developments in decision precedent and procedure. The faculty will consist of experienced WIPO UDRP panelists, trademark counsel, and senior WIPO staff. The program will include practical break-out sessions, followed by discussion between participants and instructors.
To support those seeking Continuing Legal Education (CLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit, a certificate of attendance will be provided.
Space for this event is limited; if you wish to be informed once registration is open for this fee-based Workshop, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest.
Further information on the program and registration modalities will be posted here in due course.