WIPO Conference – As the UDRP turns 20: Looking Back – Looking Ahead

On October 21, WIPO commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with a Conference at its Headquarters in Geneva.

Born in 1999 as a solution to the problem of bad faith registration of domain names, the WIPO-designed UDRP remains a vital online enforcement tool. It has so far been used by brand owners from around the world in over 45,000 cases filed with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center – with record WIPO UDRP case filing levels continuing. In addition to over 140 WIPO UDRP Panelists (photo), some 100 brand owners, trademark practitioners, counsel, and other Internet stakeholders, including representatives from INTA and ICANN, attended this historic event.

WIPO Conference on 20 Years of UDRP Copyright: WIPO. Photo: Emmanuel Berrod. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 IGO License.

The collective wisdom in the room was that ICANN’s upcoming UDRP review should take great care not to jeopardize the successful functioning of this globally unique rights protection mechanism.

Growing Collaboration on ADR with IP and Copyright Offices

The WIPO Center continues to extend its network of collaborations with Intellectual Property and Copyright Offices to promote alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options for resolving IP disputes. To this end, on the occasion of the Assemblies of the WIPO Member States that took place from September 30 to October 9, WIPO concluded Memoranda of Understanding with the National Center of Intellectual Property of Belarus (NCIP), the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO), the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC).

New WIPO Guide for Country Code Top-Level Domain Registries

With the recent addition of the .CN and中国 (China) domains, almost 80 ccTLD operators now use WIPO domain name dispute resolution. To share this growing WIPO experience, on the margins of the 2019 WIPO Assemblies the WIPO Center organized the session “WIPO ccTLD Program for Member States and Related ccTLD Operators”. The session also introduced the new publication “Guide to WIPO’s services for country code top-level domain registries”, which summarizes WIPO’s case and policy experience for ccTLD authorities.

ECTA Joins WIPO Mediation Pledge for IP and Technology Disputes

On October 21, represented by its President Sozos-Christos Theodoulou, the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) joined the WIPO Mediation Pledge as a Collaborating Entity. In doing so, ECTA joined a growing list of individuals, law firms and professional associations committed to promoting the use of mediation to help reduce the impact of disputes in innovation and creative processes.

If you are interested in helping to realize the potential benefits of mediation as a time- and cost-saving dispute resolution procedure, you are most welcome to join the WIPO Mediation Pledge.

Further information on mediation and the WIPO case experience can be found in the Guide to WIPO Mediation.   

WIPO ADR for Fashion Disputes

Disputes in the fashion industry may relate to a wide variety of contracts, including retail, licensing, distribution, franchising, advertising and exploitation of image rights. The WIPO Center provides mediation and arbitration options to help parties resolve such disputes without court litigation, with an emphasis on the expertise required in fashion disputes, as well as confidentiality, and the time and cost of proceedings. As part of this effort

Confidentiality and Protection of Personal Data in WIPO Mediations and Arbitrations

WIPO mediation and arbitrations are confidential. The existence of a mediation or an arbitration, disclosures made during the proceedings, and the outcome, are subject to confidentiality pursuant to Articles 15-18 of the WIPO Mediation Rules, Articles 75-78 of the WIPO Arbitration Rules, and Articles 68-71 of the WIPO Expedited Arbitration Rules.

The WIPO Center collects, processes and stores personal data of case participants only to the extent necessary for the administration of proceedings under the WIPO Rules, and not for other purposes.

In this connection, the WIPO Center has issued guidance on confidentiality and protection of personal data for parties in a WIPO mediation or arbitration.

WIPO Launches New Portal for IP Services

WIPO has launched its new IP Portal, a one-stop shop to the Organization’s full range of IP services. For users of WIPO’s services for patents, trademarks and industrial designs, the IP Portal facilitates interaction with the services, while maintaining the underlying business processes. Adding to the WIPO Center’s existing filing facilities, the IP Portal also includes WIPO mediation, arbitration and good offices filing forms, as well as domain name dispute resolution model complaint and response forms.