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WIPO Internet Domain Name Process

Report: Washington regional consultation

On March 10, 1999, a one-day regional consultation within the framework of the WIPO Internet Domain Name Process was held in Washington, D.C. The meeting was organized with the support of the United States Department of Commerce. The aim of the meeting was

to allow all interested parties from the business, trademark, Internet and public interest communities to express their views on the draft recommendations proposed by WIPO in its Interim Report of December 23, 1998. These views will be taken into account by WIPO as a basis for the formulation of its final Report to be issued in April 1999.

The meeting was attended on behalf of WIPO by Francis Gurry, Assistant Director General and Legal Counsel, and Christopher Gibson, Head, Electronic Commerce Section, Office of Legal and Organization Affairs. The panel of experts was represented by Santiago Bustamente (President, ASIPI); Michael Froomkin (Professor, University of Miami School of Law), Don Heath (Preseident, Internet Society), Ousmane Kane (Executive Director, African Regional Centre for Technology (ARCT)), Mark Partridge (Member, Board of Directors, American Intellectual Property Law Association), and Philip Sbarbaro (Chief Litigation Counsel, Network Solutions, Inc.).

Opening remarks were presented by J. Beckwith Burr, Associate Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States Government, and Mr. Gurry.

The presentations and open discussions covered the four main topics to be addressed by the Internet Domain Name Process: practices designed to minimize conflicts between domain names and intellectual property rights, uniform dispute resolution procedures, the protection of famous and well-known marks, and the potential impact on intellectual property from the introduction of new gTLDs. Issues that attracted particular attention were the need for domain name applicants to provide contact details and conterveiling privacy concerns, the potential impact of an administrative dispute resolution procedure on small businesses, and the possible problems associated with the introduction of differentiation in gTLDs as a means of resolving the problems currently encountered.

The table below lists those who made presentations or interventions during the course of the meeting. A recording was made of the proceedings and the audio archive, as well as the transcript, are available on this web site.


Anthony, Susan Attorney International Trademark Association yes
Bailey, Courtney Attorney Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner  
Barry, Mikki Attorney/Entrepreneur Internet Policy Consultants  
Baygani, Nazanin Programmer II Sprint  
Branson, James Counsel America Online, Inc yes
Brennan, Lorraine Director, Arbitration and Intellectual Property U.S. Council for International Business  
Burr, J. Beckwith Associate Administrator (Acting) National Telecommunications and Information Administration  
Cade, Marilyn Director AT&T  
Catalone, Gregory Internet Engineer Sprint  
Chua, Lusan   Staff Center for Democracy and Technology  
Cohen, Tod Vice President & Counsel, New Technology Motion Picture Association of America yes
Deutsch, Sarah Sr. Intellectual Property Counsel Bell Atlantic yes
Dillon, Brian Policy Analyst Intellectual Property Policy Directorate, Industry Canada  
Doughney, Michael ISP, Domain Name Owner Representing Self yes
Fagen, W. Michael Vice President Business Development CIENA Corporation  
Farber, Michele Senior Attorney AT&T Corp. yes
Fingerhut, Eric Counsel Shaw Pittman  
Foster, Coleman International Fiscal Law Graduate Assistant Regent University  
Gerck, Ed Coordinator Meta-Certificate Group  
Goodspeed, John President Goodspeed Communications  
Griffin, Lance Trademark Attorney Abelman Frayne & Schwab  
Guanes-Mersan, Alegandro Attorney Mersan Law Offices  
Hallie, Michelena Vice President, Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property Viacom Inc. yes
Heltzer, Michael Government Relations Manager International Trademark Association  
Hill, Howard Head, IPR Services NetNames  
Jenkins, Marylee Attorney Robin, Blecker & Daley  
Kirk, Michael Executive Director American Intellectual Property Law Association  
Kleiman, Kathryn Co-Founder Domain Name Rights Coalition yes
Latimer, Hugh Partner in law firm Wiley Rein & Fielding  
Lee, Robert Trademark Attorney Eli Lilly and Company yes
Levin, Robert   Emerging Star Investments, LLC  
Lulessa, Nega G. Law Student Addis Ababa University  
Meleq, Kausar Webmaster Dildar  
Menge, Eric Assistant Chief Advocate Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration yes
Metalitz, Steven Vice President and General Counsel International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) yes
Mueller, Dr. Milton L. Associate Professor Syracuse University School of Information Studies yes
Neuman, Jeffrey J. Attorney Arter & Hadden, LLP  
Peterson, Anna Victoria Consultant Individual  
Phillips, Gregory Lawyer Outside Trademark Counsel for Porsche Cars yes
Price, Griffith B, Jr. Chair, Trademark Law Committee American Intellectual Property Law Association yes
Rajani, Deepak Architect Dear!Net Online Services  
Rony, Ellen Co-author "The Domain Name Handbook" yes
Rony, Peter Professor of Chemical Engineering Virginia Tech  
Rutkowski, Anthony   Network Solutions, Inc.  
Sheehan, Jerry Sr. Program Officer National Research Council  
Shell, Richard Webmaster AmazingDomain .com  
Sondow, Michael   International Congress of Independent Internet Users yes
Steele, Shari Director of Legal Services Electronic Frontier Foundation yes
Stefferud, Elinar Chairman of the Board Open Root Server Confederation, Inc.  
West, Caroline Attorney-Advisor (Trademarks) U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  
Whitehead, Jonathan Anti-Piracy Counsel Recording Industry Association of America  
Williams, Jeff CEO INEG.INC.