This Strafford Publishing CLE webinar will provide guidance to trademark counsel on recent developments from the latest Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting in Abu Dhabi. The panel will also discuss the current review of rights protection mechanisms, including the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (UDRP), Sunrise, and Claims Services and the opportunities and risks presented by the various rights protection mechanisms (RPMs). The panel, which includes Susan Payne of Valideus will discuss recent cases to explore optimal dispute resolution mechanisms as well as how the US’s ACPA fits into the equation.
ICANN has a set of RPMs intended to assist brand owners in protecting their consumers from confusion caused by the abuse of trademark rights in domain names. The RPM Working Group (WG) continues to review the RPMs in all gTLDs, including legacy and new gTLDs.
Trademark and domain name owners have several options to consider when seeking to protect domain names, including the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS), Sunrise registrations, Claims Service, the Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure (PDDRP), and the UDRP. Also available to those with access to the US courts is the ACPA. Each has benefits and limitations.
Trademark owners and their counsel should remain vigilant, understanding the opportunities and risks of different RPMs and legislation, how to participate in the new gTLD sunrise periods, and how to defend their rights and be able to make the most strategic decision when pursuing infringing domain names.
Listen as our authoritative panel of trademark and domain name law attorneys discusses the fast-moving area of domain name disputes, including how to avoid pitfalls and factors for determining the best dispute resolution mechanism for the facts at hand.
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