19th July, 2017
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), an internationally organised, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions, held its Policy forum, ICANN59, in Johannesburg, South Africa on 26-29 June 2017.
FICPI was represented by Petter Rindforth, Co-Chair, CET Group 1 (Domain Names).
The work was focused on two topics:
The ongoing review of all rights protection mechanisms throughout generic top-level domain name systems, meaning that trademark protections systems related to generic domain names, such as .com, .info, .name are all studied to see what improvements may be necessary. So far, this working group has been dealing with the Trademark Clearinghouse, a centralised database of verified trademarks, that gives trademark owners the option of priority registration when new top level domains are activated. At the end of 2017, the working group (WG) will go on with an overview of the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS), used to quickly stop the use of domain name registrations infringing trademark rights. Finally, at the end of 2018, there will also be an overview of the traditional Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution policy (UDRP).
Petter Rindforth is also co-chair of a working group dealing with International Governmental Organizations (IGO) and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO) access to dispute resolution systems. Most IGO's avoid dealing with disputes in national courts, referring to their jurisdictional immunity. The working group (WG) is therefore finalising a proposal (supported by comments provided by FICPI) that a decision rendered against the registrant in the initial UDRP or URS phase may be brought before a neutral arbitration entity for de novo review and determination. The WG plans to have a final solution before the end of 2017.