Programs and Events
WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center’s domain name dispute resolution services give effect to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) at the recommendation of WIPO.  The UDRP provides trademark owners with an administrative mechanism (outside of the courts) for expedient and cost-effective resolution of “cybersquatting” disputes arising out of the bad-faith registration and use of domain names corresponding to their trademarks.  The UDRP applies to disputes in current and new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs), as well as an increasing number of country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs).  The principal remedy available under the UDRP is the transfer of the domain name to the trademark owner.  In December 1999, the WIPO Center received its first UDRP case. Since then, trademark owners from around the world have filed over 30,000 cases with WIPO – the leading global provider. Together these WIPO cases have covered some 57,000 domain names.
The evolving nature of the Domain Name System is of growing relevance for trademark owners globally.  With this evolution comes an increasing demand for domain name dispute resolution training.  WIPO’s Advanced Workshop focuses on UDRP case trends covering the most relevant substantive and procedural issues.  The Workshop also provides an overview of the various new ICANN Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) available in connection with the launch of new gTLDs.

Who Should Attend
The target audience for this Workshop includes trademark practitioners and potential filing parties, namely trademark owners and domain name registrants.  Registrars and ccTLD administrators also attend the Workshop to increase their knowledge of both UDRP decisions and case administration processes, as well as current issues in the Domain Name System more generally.  Participants should have a basic understanding of the Domain Name System in general and of the UDRP in particular.  To maximize the benefit of the Workshop for all participants, course materials will be provided, and should be consulted, ahead of the program. 

Presentation Faculty
Faculty for this Workshop consists of experienced WIPO UDRP panelists with extensive domain name expertise, along with Mr. Brian Beckham, Head of the WIPO Center’s Internet Dispute Resolution Section.
David H. Bernstein
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
New York City
United States of America Tony Willoughby
IP Consultant
London, United Kingdom 
Full profiles of the Workshop faculty

Through various presentations and open floor discussions, Workshop participants will receive information, inter alia, on:

  • the WIPO Center’s domain name dispute resolution services
  • the legal framework of the UDRP
  • building on the WIPO Overview 2.0, the trends of UDRP decisions on the most relevant substantive and procedural issues
  • emerging challenges and procedural developments
  • developments in the Domain Name System more generally, including the UDRP and URS experience

Using the WIPO Overview 2.0 and recent decisions as principal guides, the faculty will discuss selected topics with participants on the basis of UDRP cases. Examples include: Geographical Scope and Timing of Trademark Rights, Unregistered Trademark Rights, Personal Names/Geographical Terms, Licensee Rights/Rights Among Corporate Entities, Confusing Similarity and Website Content, Gripe Sites, Internationalized Domain Names, Disclaimed or Design Elements in Trademarks, Privacy and other Registrar issues, Parking and Landing Pages, Willful Blindness, the Conjunctive Requirement, the Role of Precedent, Laches, Consolidation, Panel (Procedural) Orders, Supplemental Filings, Language of Proceedings, and Reverse Domain Name Hijacking.

Certificate of Participation (including for CLE/CPD)

All participants who complete the program will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.
An effort will be made to secure CLE credit.  Participants are requested to indicate their preferred CLE or CPD jurisdiction(s) when registering.  A Financial Aid Policy is available.

Program Information
Venue: Offices of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York City, USA  

Timetable: Registration from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.;  the program will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; a reception will be offered following the conclusion 

Language: English

Registration and Fee

Participation: Participation in the Workshop is limited
Registration Fee: USD 600 (includes materials, coffee, lunch and reception) 
Cancellations: The registration fee will be refunded only for cancellations received by WIPO before May 1, 2015 
How to apply: Through the Registration Form or online.

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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 740 8337

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