Domain names are “identifiers” on the Internet, which in the 21st century has had a spectacular expansion that has led it to become the largest existing business platform. Thus, for almost 20 years, domain names have been acquiring a role as “commercial identifiers” that in cases come into conflict with “commercial identifiers” categorized under the system of distinctive signs protected by intellectual property rights , in particular by the so-called “cybersquatting”. There are no international treaties dealing with the problems and conflicts between domain names and the distinctive signs referred to. There are uniform and binding procedures at the international level, implemented by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) through the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, which entered into force on December 1, 1999 and whose application concerns all authorities responsible for registering Internet domain names accredited by ICANN, a policy that is implemented through service providers accredited by and before ICANN. The workshop aims to present how the dispute resolution system is applied, to provide practical suggestions and to discuss criteria that have emerged from the administration of the policies.
Place: Star Bay Room